The pastoral or shepherding care of the congregation is carried out through its pastors, its elders, and through one of our trusted counseling ministries. 

Pastoral Staff

The senior and associate pastors are available by appointment to address a wide variety of spiritual concerns for Kirk members. While any one of the pastors would be available for such meetings, short-term counseling is commonly handled by the Minister of Congregational Care, Dr. Mike Kennison. Matters requiring extended counsel are often referred to our counseling ministry partners. 

To request a counseling appointment with a pastor, please email kacey.ruckstaetter@thekirk.org.

Elders

The elders of the church provide shepherding oversight for Kirk members through several vehicles: 

  • Community Groups (small group fellowship)
  • Sunday school participation
  • Home visitation
  • Prayer times for congregational needs

Professional Christian Counseling

Various types of needs require more than a few sessions and can be provided through local counseling ministries. The following are a few reputable counseling centers/counselors attached to sister churches. 

  • Genesis Xian Counseling—314.821.7335
  • Dayna Osborn, M.Ed., LPC, NCC—daynaosbornelpc.com; 314.636.4502
  • New Hope Counseling—chespres.org/newhope/; 636.394.7015
  • Crossroads Counseling Centers—www.stl-ccc.org; 314.469.5522
  • Ed Killeen, MDiv, MAC, LPC—www.killeencounseling.com; 314.720.2710
  • Covenant Seminary (free counseling by students)—314.392.4208

(Note: We can not vouch for every individual at each counseling center.)

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty. Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. To learn how to become—or receive care from—a Stephen Minister, contact Betsy Zieseniss at 636.733.0666 or Mike Kennison.

GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week support group for those who've lost a loved one. Meetings will take place Thursday evenings, December 4–March 12, from 7–9 p.m. in Room 213 (no meetings 12/25 or 1/1). Each video and meeting is self-contained so that you may start at any time. The sessions are open and free to all. Contact Mike Kennison for more information.