Counseling Frequently Asked Questions

What Type Of Counseling Is This?

The counseling at Grace Baptist Church is biblical or nouthetic counseling, based on the principles of God’s Word. Bible-based counseling differs a great deal from other popular or secular counseling. Its paramount goal is to search God’s Word for the principles and methods He has already provided. Its premise is that God’s instruction is always needed immediately, consistently, and without contradiction in the counseling process. God's Word is needed to guide individuals through their problems in a God-honoring manner and on to a healthy walk with the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17; Rom. 8:28-29; 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-5:20). Biblical counseling acknowledges that people may become confused, ill-adjusted, defeated, and hopeless, relative to the issues of life. This may result from a crisis situation, the sin of others, lack of biblical understanding, their own personal sin, and/or, sometimes, an organic (medically proven) illness.

What Is the Goal of Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling has as its primary goal to help a person or family become “God’s kind of person.” The goal in biblical counseling is not necessarily to make the person feel better or simply to remove the problem. This will hopefully take place, but the goal is bigger than that. (“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him” 2 Corinthians 5:9, KJV). The goal in Biblical counseling is to come along side a person who is struggling and seek to apply the principles in God’s Word in such a way that the person responds in an obedient and godly manner to the problems they are facing.

What Are The Tools Used In The Process?

Biblical counseling utilizes: thorough data gathering (Prov. 18:13), health considerations (James 5:13-16), biblical instruction with application (2 Tim. 3:16-17), independent counselee Bible study and application (2 Tim. 2:15; I Pet. 2:1-3), accountability with and help from other believers in the church (Phil. 4:2-3; Heb. 10:24-25), prayer, and practical homework (Mt. 19:21; Mk. 5:19).

What Makes Biblical Counseling Effective?

Biblical counseling relies upon: the power of the principles that God has provided in His Word (Heb. 4:12; Psalm 19), the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil. 2:13), the faithfulness of God to answer prayer (Mt. 7:7-12; James 5:17-18), the mutual encouragement and exhortation of the Body of Christ (Heb. 10:24-25), and the disciplined effort of the counselee (I Tim. 4:7).

What Kind of Concerns Do People That Come for Counseling Have?

We see folks with all kinds of problems, but the most common would be those struggling in their marriage, helping parents with their children, those dealing with sexual sin, and those struggling with their emotions (e.g. depression or anger). In all cases, we use the Bible, God's Sufficient Word, to answer the problems of life.

What Can I Expect from GBCM When I Come?

First of all, you can expect that everything will be held in strict confidence except where, in the counselor’s judgment, there is a biblical requirement to involve others (e.g. criminal activity). Second, you can expect that our staff will care for you and treat you with respect. Third, you can expect our staff to encourage you in your successes and exhort you to think and behave in a way that pleases Jesus Christ.

What Does GBCM Expect From You?

We have three requests from you. First, we ask you to be honest. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to help you if you continually lie to us. Second, we ask you to do weekly homework assignments that will encourage lasting change. Third, we ask you to give us a little time. Habits were not developed overnight and new habits will take several weeks to develop.

What Is The Cost?

Since Grace Baptist Church provides the facilities and the counselors volunteer their time, we can offer the counseling free of charge.
If you are pleased with the counseling you received and would like to have a part in meeting the financial needs of the counseling ministry, we would encourage your gifts towards this ministry.

Are the Counselors Qualified and When is Counseling Available?

All of our counselors, whether they are pastors or laypersons, go through a rigorous training program in biblical counseling. Counseling is presently available Tuesday evenings between 1pm and 9pm at the church.

How Can An Appointment Be Made?

Appointments can be made by calling the church office at 636-724-4879. After you have returned the necessary documents, a counselor will be assigned to you.

How Often Will Appointments Be Scheduled and What Will Be the Length of Each Counseling Session?

Counselors will meet with a counselee once a week to allow the counselee adequate time to complete the homework assignments. Each counseling session is 60 minutes in length.

Is There Any Hope for This to Work?

We believe that God has given us all we need to know Him and to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. All our difficulties may not evaporate. However, when a person willingly submits to God's instructions and clings to His promises there is hope and help. There are answers for dealing with whatever you might be facing. In fact, many of our counselees see significant progress in 8-12 weeks.