Biblical Counseling

 

What is Biblical Counseling?

At Sovereign Hope Church, we believe Scripture is authoritative, sufficient, and relevant for practical help and hope in all problems we face. In it, God has provided all we need for life and godliness. Similarly, we believe the local church is the community in which we find the support, accountability, and encouragement we need to glorify God by pursuiing our joy in Christ (Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:3; Hebrews 10:24-25).

Here are two great descriptions, answering the question, "What is Biblical Counseling?":

http://graceky.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/What-is-Biblical-Counseling.pdf
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/toward-a-definition-of-the-essence-of-biblical-counseling

How do I seek counseling at Sovereign Hope Church?

Contact Sovereign Hope's leadership either by phone at (559) 907-6534 or email us at Elders@sovhopechurch.org. The pastors are gladly available to provide biblical counseling and care. Also, a member of Sovereign Hope, Dawn Gurley, has an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She loves to make herself available for women seeking counseling. In certain cases, the Elders may discern the counselee's needs to be beyond our ability to help, and thus guide the counselee to trusted outside help.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is an important part of the counseling process. We are committed to careful protection of information you entrust to us. However, there are three specific situations in which we must share information with others:

1.) A counselor is uncertain how to address a particular problem, and must share information with another pastor, in order to receive advice.

2.) There is a clear indication that a person may be harmed unless we intervene.

3.) The counselee refuses to repent of a particular sin, and thus forces the counselor to seek assistance from others in order to promote restoration (Proverbs 15:22; 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20).

May it be known that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information, and will make every effort to help you resolve any and all problems in the most private manner.