Organization History and Context:
Living Waters Counseling, Inc. was founded by Dr. Virginia Mayer because of an identified need to provide affordable mental health to those that had no access to mental health. She believes God gave her a vision with the complete outline of what to build and how to build this organization.
Living Waters Counseling has archived the business plan that was the growing seed of the vision that God gave Dr. Mayer. Historically, many people have contributed to growth and development of this very prosperous ministry. However, the measure of success for this ministry based counseling group has never been measured in money, but rather in the numbers served in the community.
Because Living Waters Counseling, Inc. is a faith-based Christian counseling ministry, no one is turned away for services based on socioeconomic group, ethnicity, gender, age, or faith. All peoples are welcome to request and receive services from Living Waters Counseling, Inc.
(1) Local pastors: Pastors receive very little training in counseling, if any at all. The local pastors serve as a referral source for the professional counseling services, as well as members of the community interested in building community awareness in Christian mental health.
(2) Local physicians: Many physicians serve as a referral source because they come in contact with so many people that have no funds for mental health services.
(3) Local schools: Schools have crisis situations, i.e. student suicides, deployment issues with parents, bullying, divorce care for students. The school counselors reach out to us to help support when crisis comes to school.
(4) Local civic groups: Groups such as Kiwanis, Lion’s Club, call on us to present community awareness on Christian based mental health.
To provide cost free professional Christian counseling to those that can not afford professional mental health services.
To increase the capability of providing cost free professional Christian counseling to a larger geographical area and expanded population service by growing the counseling staff by the year 2020.
Strategic Planning Process:
The strategic planning process depends first on guidance from God. The Board of Living Waters and the staff are tasked with first seeking God to reveal the weaknesses and second to guide us as we address the needs. Further, demonstrating our thankfulness for the blessings God has given us leads us to the ability to enhance our strengths. This process is structured under the SWAT Plan.
A. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the organization via Board assessments, staff assessments, client surveys.
B. Develop working plan to address the weaknesses and enhance the strengths.
C. Put forth the steps to implement the strategic plan.
D. Develop an evaluation based on the following criteria:
a. Utilizing a scale of 1 - 5, one being the least, 5 being the highest score, assess the success of each need that has been addressed.
b. If a need has been addressed and received an assessed score of 3 or below, put it back before the committee working on that need for further re-work.
E. Write a yearly report that reflects the strategic plan for the year.
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I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My
Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s
hand. I and the Father are one.” -John 10:28-30
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