What is Pastoral Counseling?
You probably have many things come to mind when you see the word “Counseling”, so let us explain what we mean by pastoral counseling.
- Pastoral Counseling seeks to discern those intentions of the heart which lead to wrong thinking and actions.
- Pastoral Counseling uses God’s Word, by the Holy Spirit, to change desires, thinking, and behavior.
- Pastoral Counseling seeks to see changed hearts and lives for the glory of God.
The Training of the Counselor
The Counselor does not claim to be a certified psychologist; rather they are trained in the use of the Scripture and the principle of biblical counseling. As a Biblical Counselor we are committed to the authority of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We also understand that the Bible is capable of handling all things pertaining to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3). Therefore we will not base our counsel on any other opinion, experience, or concept of behavior (Isaiah 55:8-11).
Elements of Pastoral Counseling
The Counselor will concentrate on four elements from Scripture:
- Understanding the problem. Our goal is not to simply “fix feelings” or change circumstances. In a spirit of gentleness your counselor will make biblical inquiry into the various levels of your problems and help you gain God’s perspective on your difficulties.
- Your Hope. Even though you may be going through a difficult time, God has promised not to tempt you beyond your ability and to provide a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). He will use these trials for your benefit as you respond biblically (Romans 8:28-29).
- Your Change. You will learn how to put off the old way of living and put on the new (Ephesians 4:20-24). And by learning to change biblically you will begin to please the Lord and bear fruit in every good work while increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-12).
- Your Practice. You need to prove yourself to be a doer of God’s Word and not merely a hearer, thus forgetting what kind of person you are and deluding yourself (Hebrews 13:20-22; James 1:22-25; 1 John 3:22).
Local Church Involvement
If you are going to achieve a true victory over your problems it is vital that you become consistent in your Christian walk. God has given his local Church to assist in that process (Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25). Therefore it is important that your counseling be accompanied by discipleship and fellowship from a local church. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join us in our church’s fellowship. If you are part of another church family, the assistance of your church’s leadership may be requested.
A commitment to trustworthiness is an important quality of a pastoral counselor (based on 1 Corinthians 4:2). Thus, although your pastoral counselor may talk with others about a particular situation, you may be confident that the discussion will be restricted to whatever is necessary to help you overcome your problems (Proverbs 10:18-21).
Pastoral Counseling as a Ministry
We view pastoral counseling as a ministry of the local church to hurting people, therefore:
- There is no charge. We only seek to see God glorified in changed lives (1 Thessalonians 2: 7-8).
- Requirements. Before your first session fill out the Informational Packet which can be found at the bottom of the page and deliver it to the church office. Bring with you a Bible and notebook (this begins the first time).
- Expectations. That you come with a heart ready to work out the problem. We may be the escape which God provides to help you (1 Corinthians 10:13).
What Must I Do To Get Started?
- Download and Read Counseling Information Sheets
- Download, Complete, & Save the Counseling Forms
- Attach forms to the Counseling Request Form Below
- Send Counseling Request Form (Make sure you state how we can help you)*
* If you do not have the capabilities to printing or submit via e-mail please contact us at 314.293.7729 to make other arrangements.
Counseling Information Sheets
- Consent to Biblical Counseling
- Testimony Sheet
- Personal Data Inventory (Some may not apply for Pre-Marital Counseling)
Counseling Request Form
- Wait patiently, once you have completed and submitted the forms. You will be contacted by one of our staff to set up an appointment.
- Pray for your counselor and the time you will spend together.
- Arrive early for your scheduled appointment.
- Bring your Bible, a notepad, and your signed consent to counsel form.
- Do any homework before your next meeting .