Our Goal: Our goal in providing pastoral ministry (counseling) is to help you meet the challenges of life in a way that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and enable you to enjoy fully His love for you and His plans for your life.
Biblical Basis: We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our pastoral ministryis based on scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry. Neither the
pastoral nor the lay counselors of this church are trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists.
Not Professional Advice: Some of our counselors may work in professional fields outside the church. When serving as counselors within this church, however, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do in their professional capacities. Therefore, if you have significant legal, financial, medical, or other technical questions, you should seek advice from an independent professional. Our pastoral and lay counselors will be happy to cooperate with such advisors and help you to consider their counsel in the light of relevant scriptural principles.
Confidentiality: Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. There are certain situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others:
When a counselor is uncertain how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another pastor in this church;
When a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with
his or her pastor; when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene.
Please be assured that our counselors will as a rule not disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible if any exception arises as listed above.
Agreement: By signing this consent, you agree with the stated principles and policies of our pastoral ministry counseling ministry, we welcome the opportunity to minister to you in the name of Christ and to be used by Him as He helps you to grow in spiritual maturity and prepares you for usefulness in His body.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with a pastor. If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please sign below.