We all need help from time to time. No one here will look down at you for seeking biblical wisdom in the midst of what you are working through. In fact, we respect you for desiring to glean biblical insight in your current circumstances. Plus, as we grow in knowledge of your life, we’ll likely grow in love and compassion for you. You’ll be more real to us. We also hope you understand the perspective we are coming from. The Bible is our guide in all things. As you meet with a pastor or a leader from our church, expect to get a biblical worldview with biblical principles and feedback. Because we care for you, our greatest concern is that we hear what God would say to your situation.
Also, understand who we are. We are pastors, not professional counselors. This implies two limits: (1) As pastors and church leaders, we will listen, speak into your situation from the scriptures, and pray with you. We want to do all that we can to come alongside you and be the hands and feet of Christ to you as you walk your journey. But, we don’t have the training to delve into the depths of on-going counseling needs. (2) Our schedules are not wholly dedicated to counseling appointments, so we usually meet with a congregant once, for approximately an hour. If there is further need for input, we will then refer to a mentor in our congregation or to a professional, biblically-based counselor as needed. We hope you are open to that pursuit if deemed helpful.
Whether you also seek additional counseling or just meet with a Redemption Chapel pastor, we hope you pursue overall physical, emotional, relational and spiritual health. Don’t see your appointment as a magic bullet. We are whole, unified beings. Sometimes people are presenting emotional or spiritual problems, but they may actually need a better diet, exercise and sleep. At the very least, other problems are going to be exacerbated by poor physical health. And, of course, we are concerned for your comprehensive spiritual health, including personal time with the Lord, attending worship services, getting involved in small group life, and serving. Granted, your time with a pastor might help encourage and set-up those disciplines. But, your counseling appointment with a pastor cannot be a substitute for the benefit derived from spending time with your Lord and being involved in Christian community.
We look forward to meeting with you. And we pray it will be used by God to bless you and help you. He cares for you. He loves you.
To maximize our time, it would benefit us greatly to get some info and background first. Please click the following link and fill out the form before our time. If it puts you at ease, you may want to first read below regarding confidentiality.
Thank you again for sharing and desiring to seek biblical wisdom. Lastly there a few things ahead of time that would be helpful to know, understand, and agree to. If there is anything you don’t understand and want more clarity on, feel free to ask.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday – Thursday. We are sometimes able to accommodate a meeting outside those hours, but that is an exception. Expect you’re your appointment will likely fall within these normal office hours.
- Please value the time of the person with whom you are meeting. Make it a priority to show up and be on time for your appointment. If for some reason you cannot make it, please cancel your appointment as soon as you realize you are unable to attend.
- We don’t provide childcare during your appointment. Please make provision for childcare ahead of time. Having unsupervised children in our building is not a feasible solution.
- We hold the confidentiality of what you share in the highest regard. Confidentiality is a vital component in counseling, and we want you to feel safe in that. However, please be aware:
- A case may be discussed with other mentors, pastors or other professionals, but only to the degree necessary to find further solutions to the problem. All such consultations are conducted with the highest standards of biblical ethics.
- If the counselor feels that you or another person is in danger of harm, out of the love for you and others involved, confidentiality would be broken to protect the vulnerable party. Such breaches of confidentiality are not limited to, but could occur for the following:
- A disclosure of child abuse;
- A disclosure of elder or dependent adult abuse;
- A disclosure of spousal abuse;
- A disclosure that you present a serious risk of harm to yourself;
- A disclosure that you present a serious risk of harm to another person;
- A disclosure required by a subpoena or other court order from a local, state, or federal agency or court.
- In consideration of the offer and provision of counseling from Redemption Chapel, you agree to release, waive, discharge, covenant not to sue, and hold harmless Redemption Chapel and its agents (pastors, officers, servants, mentors, and employees) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or relating to any loss, costs, damage or injury, that may be sustained by you, or to any property belonging to you, while participating in biblical counseling. By submitting this form, you agree that it is your expressed intent that this release shall bind the members of your family and spouse, and your heirs, assigns and personal representative, and shall be deemed as a Release, Waiver, Discharge and Covenant Not to Sue the above named.
Thanks for sifting through that mumbo-jumbo. It’s necessary. But, it’s not the most important stuff. What’s most important right now? You are hurting. We care greatly for you and what you are going through. We pray that you find hope and healing in Christ as you walk through this. The Redemption Chapel family would count it a great privilege if we can play any part in that. We look forward to hearing from you.