The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission begins and ends with people and our community.

Partners in Ministry

partner-logo-vertCongregations have the opportunity to benefit from the Center’s Partnership in Ministry Program that supports and extends the ministry of the church. Through partnership, the Center makes its professional counseling, educational and consultation services more accessible to church members, clergy and staff. In a covenant agreement, Partner congregations advance the mission of the Samaritan Counseling Center through an annual financial contribution to the Center’s Samaritan Fund, which supports the Center’s services and programs. Referrals, prayer and promotional support are also requested.

The Partnership in Ministry Program provides:

Partner congregations agree to:

  • Use the Samaritan Counseling Center as a referral source for counseling, education, consultation and training. Exclusivity is not expected, however.
  • Promote the purpose and mission of the Center in the congregation through prayer and publicizing information supplied by the Center in church newsletters and worship service bulletins.
  • Support the ministry of the Center by contributing $1.50 per church member up to a maximum of $1200 annually. Contributions over $1200 are welcomed and are used for Samaritan Fund purposes. The Samaritan Fund subsidizes counseling fees for people who cannot afford the full fee, as well as to develop new programs. As the Center must raise at least 20% of its budget each year to meet the demand for fee subsidies and new program development, a congregation’s pledge helps support the Samaritan Fund – an important part of the Center’s mission.

To receive a brochure and other materials pertaining to Partnership; to schedule a personal visit in your church setting to learn more about the Partner in Ministry Program; or to have your questions answered, contact the Center’s Partner Church Administrator, Dianna Thomas by phone at 717-560-9969 x256 or email Dianna.

Our Partner Churches
Akron Church of the Brethren, Akron, PA
Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, PA
Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
Cross Roads Community Fellowship, Lititz, PA
East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
East Petersburg Mennonite Church, East Petersburg, PA
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown, PA
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster, PA
First Baptist Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA
Hamilton Park United Church of Christ, Lancaster, PA
Hempfield Church of the Brethren, Manheim, PA
Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA
Hosanna Christian Fellowship, Lititz, PA
Lampeter Church of the Brethren, Lampeter, PA
Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Moravian Church, Lancaster, PA
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancaster, PA
Mountville Church of the Brethren, Mountville, PA
Pilgrims Mennonite Church, Akron, PA
Richland Church of the Brethren, Richland, PA
St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia, PA
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Lititz, PA
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Columbia, PA
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
Swamp Lutheran Church, Reinholds, PA
Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Joy, PA
Trinity United Church of Christ, East Petersburg, PA
Willow Street United Church of Christ, Willow Street, PA
Witmer Heights Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
Zion United Church of Christ of New Providence, Strasburg, PA
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Landisville, PA
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marietta, PA

Our Community Partner:
Eastern Mennonite University, Lancaster, Nursing Program

KEY INITIATIVES

Teen Depression & Suicide

Implementing a proven teen-screening program in Lancaster County schools that identifies students struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and substance use.

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Child Sexual Abuse

Expanding the Center’s nationally-recognized Safe Church Program that provides education and training to future pastors, volunteers and staff working with children.

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Ethics in Business

We shine the spotlight on local businesses and organizations that “do well by doing good,” while our annual program provides resources for people looking to establish ethics best practices.

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