The CFBC Counseling Ministry is intended to assist CFBC members by making available Biblical counseling in the areas of marital and family relationships, parenting, grief and loss, anger and bitterness, inner personal struggles, and spiritual discouragement.
Scripture is both the starting and the end point because the word of God contains all the elements needed to promote positive change. We believe, in compliance with Paul’s charge to Timothy to “preach the word [and to] be ready in season and out of season; [to] reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2), that the truth of God is the only tool that can change hearts and bring about mental wellness. Consequently, our counselors operate in concurrence with the assertion that “the Bible is Holy (or sacred), the Bible is able (or powerful), the Bible is inspired, and the Bible is profitable (or useful)” (Adams, 1986). This means that therapeutic success is related to the process of Biblical edification. Therapeutic success, then, is viewed as a four-step process within the process of edification: teaching, conviction, correction, and disciplined training in righteousness (Adams, 1986).
Because the word of God contains the answers to all psychological issues, it is the main tool used by every CFBC counselor. The role of the counselor, then, is to minister God’s word to the heart of those who are battling with mental issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, pride, addiction, marital and family issues, etc.
The intent of the counseling program is to connect CFBC members to the Lord Jesus Christ and to one another by Biblically helping members overcome their season of mental crisis. We provide pastoral counseling services free of charge to members in need. Sessions are held either at the church or off site, if necessary. Sessions typically last about 50-60 minutes. While some issues may require a long term counseling relationship, we may encourage, but will not necessarily require a minimum or maximum number of sessions.
While we do deal with many of the same issues, we are not licensed therapists, psychologists or social workers. The CFBC counseling ministry is staffed by pastors and lay members who counsel from the Word of God.
To learn more about the program or if you would like to set up an appointment for counseling, please call the church office at (478)781-2981 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.