All counseling at University Heights is biblically based—that is, any resources other than the Bible itself is Scripturally sound. Jay Adams and Wayne Mack, for instance, are two authors who produce a great deal of biblically-sound resources for counselors.
Generally speaking, the goal of counseling is a five-step process:
- Counseled must realize that the only way to truly change is via the Word of God and personal application with the Spirit of God’s help
- Counseled must be taught pertinent biblical principles
- Counseled must be convicted by these biblical principles
- Counseled must confess any sins, repent of them and apply these biblical principles to their daily lives
- Counseled must be taught the need for disciplined training in righteousness (that is, to become, or strive to become, what we have been declared to be: righteousness)
Counseling women is especially challenging and must be done with great care so as to not even give the appearance of an improper relationship. For instance, counseling is restricted to the pastor’s office. At least one other person must be in the church building during all sessions and, in most cases, someone will be asked to periodically check on the session by looking through a window in the pastor’s office door. As a general rule, the pastor will not counsel women for extended periods of time.
While Biblical counseling is extremely important to the church, it can be very time-consuming. As a result, the pastor typically refers complicated and/or long-term cases to a conservative, biblically-based local counselor.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 7:7-25; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 4:1-2)