to one another in brotherly love, sharing Christ's love,
as we share in afflictions and times of need
At Rocky Mountain Community Church, we encourage all members to prayerfully study and prepare to counsel one another biblically as laypeople and friends. In addition to lay-counseling, our pastoral staff and church leaders are specifically trained to counsel members and friends in more in-depth ways.
If you are struggling in any area of life, we encourage you to seek wise counsel from spiritual mature friends in the church through your small group, ministry areas, and friendships. And if you require more in-depth help with a specific issue, please contact the church office to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members or church leaders.
We are here to serve you and help you with biblical counseling issues.
What is biblical counseling?
By biblical counseling, we mean that your counselor is a Christian with special training and experience in applying the truths of the Bible to life. We believe that the Bible speaks to all of life and to all of its problems, but sometimes it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections. We don't believe that the Bible is simply a how-to book or a recipe book for happiness. We believe that the Bible ultimately points us to a person and a relationship—Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.
We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counseling, although we believe that deep and lasting change is brought about only by God himself. However, the Bible is never brought to bear in an artificial or heavy-handed way.
We believe that the Christian church is God's chosen context for change. Jesus redeems and renews his people by joining them to himself. In so doing, he also joins us to each other to create a vital community of change and growth. At the very least, that means asking counselees to apply the truths they are learning to their relationships at church.
What types of counseling issues do you address?
People come for counseling with many different struggles. We believe that the Bible speaks to all of life's issues. Therefore, we apply a Christ-centered worldview to these problems and have seen life-changing results. Some of the issues that we regularly counsel include marriage and family issues, depression, eating disorders, sexual abuse, pornography, anxiety, and addictions.
What about confidentiality?
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:
1. When a counselor is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from a pastor or member, or any other expert regarding particular issues or problems related to a case;
2. When a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor or elders; this includes situations when a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20);
3. When there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene;
4. As otherwise required by law.
Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you as privately as possible.
Where can I learn more about biblical counseling?
For nearly 30 years, the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation has served the church by providing resources for biblical counseling. Please view New Growth Press, the exclusive publisher of CCEF, for books, mini-books, audio seminars, and curriculum.