Counseling Application

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Loving Considerations for Biblical Counseling

Bethel Church's biblical counselors are primariy acting as disciplers and encouragers, committed to speaking God’s truth in love to you. We intend to lovingly partner with you through the following: Biblical Relationship: Counseling is a relationship between counselor and counselee(s). We will grow together as we practice Galatians 6:2. Biblical Accountability: The Bible affirms the need for accountability throughout its whole. Accountability in counseling is a needed relational component to ensure the issues resulting in the need for counsel do not become reoccurring - functionally practicing Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, and Galatians 6:1-2. Biblical Sustaining and Healing: Empathizing with your suffering and encouraging you to see your life and circumstances from a biblical perspective. Biblical Reconciling: Creating healing by applying biblical truth to potentially hurting or broken relationships. Biblical Strategy and Guidance for Change: Examining and/or exposing your current responses to life and suggesting new ways of handling problems by equipping and empowering you to practically and spiritually mature in Christ.

Confidentiality is an important aspect of the biblical counseling relationship, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. All communications between you and our Pastoral Biblical Counseling Ministry offices will be held in strict confidence unless you (or a parent in the case of a minor) give the authorization to release this information. The exceptions to this include: 1) If a person expresses intent or desire to harm himself/herself or someone else; 2) If there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of or against a minor child, elder person, or adult; 3) If a subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information; 4) When your biblical counselor consults with his/her supervision or our Pastor of Counseling Ministries; 5) If your biblical counselor or our Pastor of Counseling Ministries sees the necessity for internal dialogue with the Pastoral Staff, the Elders of Bethel Church, or consult with another entity, as it pertains to the health and wellbeing of the counselee(s), the church, and its ministries; or 6) If a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin (habitual unrepentant rebellion against God’s Word) and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in Bethel Church and/or its leadership, or the leadership of the counselee(s) church affiliation, to encourage repentance, restoration, and reconciliation (see Matthew 18:15-20). Our biblical counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others; they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
By typing your name above you acknowledge that all of the provided information is true, to the best of your present knowledge, and you further understand and agree with the position of Bethel Church as described above. Finally, you agree to come under the pastoral and counseling oversight of Bethel Church until the completion or termination of the counseling relationship.