OUR COUNSELING AND TEACHING MINISTRY
This is a biblical Christian counseling and teaching ministry. It is strictly faith based and designed to help those come to a deeper relationship in Christ!
The teachings and different diagrams are there to encourage along with the Tools and timelines! Please feel free to use the teachings and diagrams and share with others! Please let me know if they help and that you are using them, because that encourages me!
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Please read the "Right to Counsel" below.
Our primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ and assist in empowering men, women, children, and families to have a greater impact on the communities they serve. This is accomplished by providing Christ-centered, Bible-based teaching and counseling.
When someone applies for counseling (person-to-person, skype ), he is agreeing to what our ministry calls THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL.
RIGHT TO COUNSEL
Our discipleship exists to glorify God in and through the lives of its helpers and those who come for help. Our mission is to provide a unique, dynamic, bible-based discipleship service that God can use to transform lives. Though the approach is not new, the unique methods used have been proven repeatedly to be effective. We will show you how to be set free from enslaving mental and emotional conflicts through scriptural teachings and consultations. People come to us primarily through word-of-mouth. God working through this ministry accomplishes the significant changes in the lives of those who come for help. Our biblical counselors are trained in the application of scriptural truth regarding the exchanged Life – “Not I, but Christ.” Our workers do not necessarily hold degrees in psychology or are licensed by the state – which usually prohibits the application of Jesus Christ being the only way, truth and life. We do not take the position that all problems are “spiritual,” but do believe that most “presenting problems” have a basic spiritual factor.
You have come for Biblical counseling and teaching and we do not consider that we have the “right” to minister to you unless you give us that right. Please read the following statements before contacting us for discipleship:
1. AREAS OF LIFE
We see biblical counseling/discipleship affecting seven areas of life: SPIRITUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL, FINANCIAL, MARITAL, and PARENTAL. Personal problems often overlap several of these areas. Therefore, we ask your permission to go into any or all of these areas to the degree necessary to come to a solution of the problem.
2. DIRECTIVE COUNSELING
While careful listening and empathy is a definite part of the ministry process, our biblical counsel is direct in nature. The style and approach to assisting people is straightforward and direct. Our goal is not to offend, but to use the strength of the Word to address the “issues” at large. This means that definite direction and homework assignments are given, which are based on the teachings and principles of the Scriptures. If a argumentative, rebelling and or unteachable heart exist or a continual ignoring of the homework we may need to stop the counseling process!
The word “counseling” is often associated with the ideas of “licensed” counselors. We do not take the stand that “ministers of the Gospel” must be certified with a state agency to be qualified to administer counsel to the hurting. It should be understood that our ministry may or may not use “state certified” counselors/ministers to assist you.
4. NO DECISIONS
No decisions will be made for you. You are the one(s) who will decide what you will do with the teaching given to you. However, if there is persistence in ignoring the instruction given or a refusal to complete assignments, the question may be raised as to the advisability to continuing the biblical counseling process.
5. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We do not charge for servicing you with the Gospel. However we are 501-c3 ministry and need your support to carry on, therefore we ask that you do donate! We would be honored to receive gifts and donations to assist us in accomplishing our mission. Make use of any donation button on our website.
6. TIME FACTOR
Each session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. We do not have a definite minimum or maximum number of sessions required, but we will not keep you coming beyond a reasonable time. If outside help is needed in areas where other services have special expertise, referrals will be made.
7. APPARENT REGRESSION
It frequently happens (though not always) that as a person begins to follow biblical principles, the life experience may actually get worse. This is no reason to quit or think that you are not making progress. On the contrary, it may be an indication that you ARE making progress. When a person’s life situation is unmanageable, there is usually the need for unlearning and undoing certain things, so that progress can be made in a new direction. We mention this so that you will not be surprised and/or disheartened.
We are committed to a rule of confidentiality regarding what is discussed. However, certain qualifications apply. Where further insight or guidance is needed, your counselor may consult with other IOM America team members. Secondly, where a crime has been or is being committed, particularly against a minor, it is required by law to report such activity. Further, knowledge of a threatened act of violence against someone also may be reported. Finally, when a counselor is ministering to multiple family members, there typically is an “overlapping” of counseling data that is exchanged. When conducting “family/group counseling,” it is difficult to manage the personal data exchange. Your counselor is committed to encourage all group participants to keep the spoken data within the confines of the group. It needs to be understood that your counselor cannot be responsible for “gossip” within family or group members.
9. MUTUAL TERMINATION
We ask that you seriously consider the teaching given. If you decide not to continue your counseling, we ask that you follow the guidelines contained within the Scriptures and share your concerns with your counselor. First, share your concerns one-on-one before terminating or bring a third party into the process. These guidelines are set in place in order to resolve conflicts according to biblical guidelines. It is my desire for you to receive help even if you choose not to use our services.
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