Battlefield Ministries, Inc. exists to expose the enemy and equip the Body of Christ to thrive for the Lord’s name and His renown through Counseling Services, Retreats, International Events, and Trips to Enrich. In 2023, we facilitated over 4,650 counseling sessions, participated in multiple Intensive efforts, and led retreats both stateside and internationally. We estimate the direct impact of this ministry to be over 3,000 souls. The indirect impact of what we do, only the Lord knows.
Counseling Office Report
Our staff consists of 16 therapists/coaches, one full-time, and three part-time office staff. Several counselors on our team completed state requirements for licensure this year, changing from an associates level license to either LPC or LMFT. Our supervisory team, Heather Medley, Chris & Angie Wheelus, are an invaluable part of making these milestones attainable through Battlefield.
In recent years, we more than doubled our office space in Rome and continue to consider the need for more space. The demand for counseling in our home office in Rome only grows. We have seen a change in our demand and staffing at our Cartersville location and made a decision this year to close that office. Jon Sullivan, our only counselor living in the Cartersville area, finds himself in Rome daily as he is now a professor at Shorter University in the morning hours and counseling in our Rome office several afternoons. We are focusing our office operations to the Rome location only.
In the coming year, we will continue serving the counseling community as a provider of Continuing Education credits. This gives our counselors opportunities both to present and to glean from the strengths of each other as clinicians. We maintain NBCC certification so we can provide valuable Continuing Education hours. On December 1st, we invited Dr. Sytsma with Building Intimate Marriages to present a 3-hour CE program for our counseling team, inviting past counselors to join as well. We even had a live link to one of our colleagues in Kenya, allowing her to receive the training and credit hours.
We are thankful to continue relationships with international missions organizations and have been invited to lead two retreats internationally in 2024 so far. We started 2023 with a February trip to Kenya for missionary care. We invited two medical professionals to be part of the team and were part of a clinic, in addition to retreat leading and counseling. In the Spring, Nathan led an international men’s adventure trip in Italy for missionaries he has built relationship with for many years. That trip ended in Moldova and Ukraine where he, Jane, and Chris spoke at a trauma care conference to over 100 pastors and public service people, including healthcare workers and public officials. That Spring conference went so well that Chris & Angie spearheaded another trip in October. A third counselor from our team, Kevin, joined them to lead a retreat for several hundred more leaders interested in the topic of trauma care and recovery in a war-torn country. We continue to offer ongoing care to missionaries via telehealth counseling. International work with missionaries in need of counseling or marriage retreats is funded by support contributions.
The company we served in Poland in 2022 invited us back to serve a different group in Egypt in November 2023. Our team of six led a “Healthy Relationships” retreat for 114 participants, then stayed for the company’s annual general meeting to lead break-out sessions and offer counseling sessions. A highlight of the conference occurred during a worship song when the worship leader asked all who only speak English to stop singing while all other languages continued. Hearing a familiar worship song being sung in a dozen languages other than English was an overwhelming moment for one of our team who said, “It was like a glimpse of Heaven on Earth.” We are humbled and grateful for these opportunities to serve.
Trips to Enrich
While 2022 marked a significant year for raising up more leadership for Trips to Enrich from a growing fellowship of those who have been impacted by Battlefield through the years, in 2023 we were able to gather these leaders together under one roof in June and dream together about the ministry ahead. There were quarterly meetings and adventures that included fly-fishing, camping, biking, kayaking, and hiking. Battlefield is blessed with more than a half-dozen families eager to help facilitate day-long and overnight efforts that are distinctly Christian, intentionally Relational, and decidedly Adventurous for even more participants than have currently benefitted. We look forward to what the future holds!
Our Ministry is Meeting a Financial Need
Contributions to Battlefield Ministries help supplement our Sliding Fee Scale used to assist clients. Our heart is that money would not be the reason someone does not receive help. Support funds enable us to not only better serve our clients, but also make provision for our team to thrive.
Did You Know?
Battlefield’s counseling office operates on a sliding scale where the counselor gets paid at a rate based on the client’s ability to pay. With 90% of clients paying below the standard market value for services received, most of our counselors must have another source of income to provide their services here.
It is our desire to continue to offer resources to those who cannot afford them while honoring our licensed professionals by paying them the fair-market rate. We are not yet able to meet this goal.
Praise the Lord! Through donor support, we were able to give our counselors a small pay-rate raise again this year. We have a dream and a hope that contributions would fill the gap between what the client can pay and what is needed to better compensate our counselors.
We remain thankful for those who faithfully contribute to help meet this financial need. In 2023, the 90% of clients paying below market rate for the hours our team served calculates to $300K below market rate received by the ministry. We committed to our counselors to pay them as though each client can at least pay $95 per session, but as you see above, the majority of counseling hours are below this rate. We rely on donor support to fill the gap and honor the hard work of our counseling team.
God continues to show up and sustain our ministry in countless ways. We get the opportunity to help make a way in the wilderness in some of the most difficult seasons in people’s lives. It is a joy that the community of Christ is praying for us, encouraging us, and partnering with us financially. We receive all these blessings as love notes from God.
Thank you for partnering with us!