In light of our mission to help each other become more like Christ, we are dedicated to the biblical responsibility of “exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). In addition to the preaching and teaching ministries and personal encouragement through friendships, we have three ways in which we help each other grow in grace.
While we acknowledge that there is a place for the professional realm in counseling, we believe that the ultimate counseling center is the church, the true counselor is the Holy Spirit, and the right counsel is the Word of God. Believers are commanded to “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). In light of this, we have developed a training program that prepares interested individuals to be “Burden Bearers” – believers with Bibles who are ready to help believers with burdens.
We believe that biblical counseling is discerning spiritual needs and dealing with them according to the precepts and principles of Scripture (Hebrews 4:12).
The counselor is the tool in the hand of God through whom the Holy Spirit works to reveal the claims of God’s Word in relation to the counselee’s need (Galatians 6:1-5).
The counselee is one who is compelled by a disturbing need to seek help in effecting a necessary, biblical change in his life (II Peter 1:3-9).
When counseling is practiced in light of these definitions, we believe that God gives complete and lasting victory.
New or young believers and immature believers (ones who keep making poor decisions) are taken through systematic programs of study and accountability in order to grow spiritually. These programs focus on helping believers to become better followers of Christ. This requires a systematic approach.
This involves maturing believers who want personal help and accountability in spiritual growth. They look to a one-on-one relationship which helps them to become more like Christ in daily living. This is often less structured than discipleship.