We understand it may difficult to fill out this application but it is helpful for us; to know you and serve you well. Please fill it out prayerfully and to the best of your knowledge. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability.
Please identify someone who could potentially support you through this process, someone who is willing to walk with you through the struggles you are facing (a friend, City Group member or leader, family member, etc.). They would commit to pray for you, love you, and be there for you during and after Redemption Groups.
Spiritual care is provided by The Paradox Church for the expressed purpose of providing biblical help for those who seek it. We believe Jesus came to bring healing to the way we think, behave and feel. He declared: "I came to bring healing to the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, and recover the sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18). The elders and others who provide spiritual care desire to help people overcome spiritual or emotional concerns by applying spiritual principles to areas of need. They are exempt from the laws regulating professional counselors under RCW 18.19.040 (6) (counseling under the auspices of a church and counseling provided without mandatory charge). In most cases, they are not professionally trained, nor registered, licensed, or certified by the State of Texas or a national certifying body. Should an elder or other person providing pastoral care also happen to be a registered counselor with the State of Texas, the spiritual counseling provided by such person at The Paradox Church is not being provided in their capacity as a registered counselor. By signing below, you acknowledge that you will be receiving spiritual counseling. Spiritual counseling through The Paradox Church is not a substitute for professional care by a psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor or other health care provider, and staff at The Paradox Church are not professionally trained to diagnose or treat mental illness or other medical conditions. Therefore, it is your sole, exclusive responsibility to seek professional care and you agree it shall not be a responsibility of The Paradox Church to make such a referral. Work Agreement - In seeking help, you agree you will make a good-faith effort at personal growth and engage in the pastoral care process as an important priority at this time in your life. You agree that if you fail to do your work, or if you do not appear to be benefiting from the pastoral care, we may terminate the spiritual counseling relationship. The number of sessions required for your situation depends on the type and severity of the problem, the amount of work you are willing to do and various other factors. It is customary to begin with six sessions then evaluate progress and investigate alternative resources. Do not be discouraged if you do not feel as if you are making progress as quickly as you’d like. Should you and your counselor determine that you are unable to make sufficient progress after two to six one-hour meetings, you will be directed to a listing of qualified counselors for referral. You agree you will be responsible for paying the fees of any professional counselor or therapist. Children under 18 years old will not receive pastoral care without the written consent of their legal parent or guardian. Cancellation/ No-Show Policy - It is expected that you give a minimum of 24 hours notice if you will be unable to attend your appointment. If there are extenuating circumstances on the day of the appointment that will prevent you from attending, call the front desk and let them know immediately. If you are more than 10 minutes late to an appointment, the session will be canceled and will need to be rescheduled. Failure to follow this policy prevents The Paradox Church from being able to provide spiritual care, and could result in The Paradox Church denying future care. Confidentiality - The staff at The Paradox Church will attempt to preserve the confidentiality of any matters discussed in a counseling session. However, confidentiality will not apply: 1. When there is evidence of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, or where disclosure is required by law. 2. When your pastor or counselor feels a need to discuss your case for consultation purposes with his/her supervisor, peers, professionals, or elders/pastors who may be a resource involved in your situation. 3. When there is contemplation of or commission of a crime or harmful act. 4. When there is a subpoena or other legal process. 5. When you or your legal representative authorize disclosure of information. 6. In other circumstances where the pastor or counselor deems it necessary to disclose the information.
I have thoroughly read and agree to the foregoing policies regarding pastoral care provided at The Paradox Church. I hereby release and hold harmless The Paradox Church, its directors, officers, employees, and volunteers from any and all liability, claims, and/or expenses related to or arising from any pastoral care or counseling received (or not received).