OVERVIEW OF OUR BIBLICAL COUNSELING MINISTRY
The Biblical Counseling Ministry of Cornerstone Church is a non-profit organization. The purpose of this particular ministry is to provide biblical counseling services for you as a counselee, free of charge.
All counseling will be provided by volunteer lay counselors and not licensed professionals. Therefore, as “biblical” counselors, the goal of our counseling is to help you gain insight into your problem and life, yet help you understand your problem in light of God’s Word and His purpose for your life. The ultimate goal of our counseling is to help you grow in your faith, knowledge, and love for Jesus Christ, and help you be conformed to His likeness.
Because we believe the Bible to be the very Word of God to man concerning faith and life, the principles used in our counseling will be based upon Scripture and not necessarily in adherence with any psychological or psychiatric association. A foundation to our counseling is our belief that God has specifically created mankind in His own image and for the purpose of His own glory. Therefore, we believe that, in order to fully address the root of the problems that our counselees face, we must help them apply God’s Word to their lives.
If asked whether Cornerstone Church’s counseling ministry promises total confidentiality, in other words, that no one else will ever know what is being shared during a counseling session, we are discreet but not confidential. The concept of total confidentiality is not biblical; however, information regarding a counselee/disciple will be handled with a high level of discretion. Discerning how to share information is an important aspect of the counseling relationship and we will carefully guard any information entrusted to us.
However, Hebrews 13:17 makes it clear that the leaders of the church, not the counselors, have the responsibility for caring for the souls of the church. Because of this, the appropriate staff and/or elders may be made aware of your situation.
As part of our mission to train and equip others in biblical counseling, we will have an advocate participate in the counseling with us. From time to time, we may also have counselors-in-training observing the counseling. We will discuss this with you before having a trainee join with us. These individuals will abide by the same standards outlined above.
DISTINCTIVES OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING
Note: Due to the increasing need for our counseling services, we ask that you cancel your appointment at least two days in advance in order that we can offer the time to someone on the waiting list. Having multiple cancellations without prior notice may forfeit future sessions.
INFORMED CONSENT AGREEMENT/WAIVER:
As a counselee, having sought biblical counseling from the Biblical Counseling Ministry of Cornerstone Church, I hereby acknowledge my understanding of the “Policies” (enclosed) of the Biblical Counseling Ministry of this church, and that all these guidelines are acceptable to me. As such, by signing below I do hereby waive any right to pursue legal action against Cornerstone Church, its pastors, agents, employees and lay counselors from any liability (claim or litigation) whatsoever arising from my participation in this ministry. I understand that the counseling staff of the Biblical Counseling Ministry of Cornerstone Church are not state licensed under California statues, and are not therapists, psychologists or psychiatrists. (Each individual counselee must PRINT NAME and SIGN below.)