Soul Care Request Steps
Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to work together with you on the issues that are confronting you at this time. In order to make our first session as profitable as possible we would ask you to give careful attention to the following items. If you have difficulty in completing any of the following steps, please call the office and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
- Carefully read Facts About Biblical Counseling and note any questions that you might have at the beginning of our first session.
- Carefully read and sign the Consent to Counsel and Personal Data Inventory form below.
- Please note that this form requires thought and time.
- Upon completion of the above items, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Thank you very much for your attention to these matters. Your careful attention to the above will enable us to accomplish much in our first session.
If you are in immediate need of care please call us at 515-285-1829.
If this is a health emergency or you are thinking of harming yourself, please call 911.
Consent to Counsel & Personal Data Inventory Form
Our goal in providing Christian counseling is to help you meet the challenges of life in a way that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and allow you to enjoy fully His love for you and His plans for your life.
We believe that the Bible provides guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our counseling is based on scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry. Neither the pastoral, nor the lay counselors of this ministry are licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals.
In the process of Biblical counseling there are often times when there is a need for significant advice with regards to legal, medical, nancial or other technical areas. In those cases you will be encouraged to seek independent professional counsel. Our pastoral and lay counselors will be happy to cooperate with such advisors and help you to consider their counsel in the light of relevant scriptural principles.
Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to
us. There are four situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others:
- When a counselor is uncertain how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another pastor or counselor
- When a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor or Elders
- When there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene;
- When a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Matthew 18:15-20; Proverbs 15:22; 24:11).
Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
Having clarified the principles and policies of our counseling ministry, we welcome the opportunity to minister to you in the name of Christ and to be used by Him as He helps you to grow in spiritual maturity and prepares you for usefulness in His body. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with the Counseling Pastor.
If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please type your name(s) below to indicate your signature, fill in the the current date and continue filling out the data inventory form.