This study addresses the challenges related to establishing a lay counseling ministry at Israel Baptist Church, located in Washington, D.C. The church has had many challenges including the death of the pastorof over 30 years, followed by the death of the interim pastor within a year. The new pastor was met with the COVID-19 pandemic. The needs of the congregation changed during this period and the leadership sought to implement an appropriate lay counseling ministry strategy thorugh examining scripture, issues of African American women in the church, current models of caregiving, and pastoral care mythology employed at Israel Baptist Church and the Progressive Baptist Convention. From the survey and review of literature, a plan for lay counseling for Israel Baptist was developed to subsequently provide a paradigm shift within the Convention. The primary study revealed a need for assistant to lay persons, to clergy, and to the larger community as primary caregivers.