Consent to Biblical & Spiritual Counseling
To request biblical & spiritual counseling, read the information below. Then, electronically sign the consent form and click SEND.
Our Goal: 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 enable you to enjoy fully His love for you and His plans for your life.
Biblical Basis: We believe that the Bible provides thorough 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 church are trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals. They are not licensed marriage and family counselors or therapists and are not licensed by the state as a counselor, social worker or therapist, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists.
Not Professional Advice: Some of our counselors work in professional fields outside the church. When serving as counselors within this church, however, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do in their professional capacities. Therefore, if you have significant legal, financial, medical, or other technical questions, you should seek advice from an independent professional. 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: Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. There are five situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others: confidential communications may be disclosed to appropriate state or federal law enforcement authorities where required by law; when a counselor is uncertain how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another pastor or elder in this church; 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; or 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). 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.
Resolution of Conflicts: On rare occasions a conflict may develop between a counselor and a counselee. In order to make sure that any such conflicts will be resolved in a biblically faithful manner, we require all of our counselees to agree not to file a lawsuit or a complaint of any kind against the church for any expenses or damages that result from any of the counseling services provided.
Agreement: By signing this consent, you agree that you will not attempt to subpoena or require any counselor to appear in any legal proceeding related to any matters discussed during counseling; nor will you attempt to subpoena any notes or records related to this counseling.
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 a pastor or elder. If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please sign below.
I HAVE READ AND ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS POLICY.
PLEASE TYPE YOUR NAME, EMAIL, PHONE AND REASON FOR COUNSELING REQUEST IN THE SIGNATURE AND DATE SECTIONS BELOW TO ELECTRONICALLY SIGN THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR REQUEST FOR COUNSELING IS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL FOR COUNSELING.
Consent to Biblical & Spiritual Counseling
By clicking “SEND” you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree that all counseling must be consistent with, and is not permitted to conflict with, the purposes and written doctrines of High Hopes Church. Acceptance of Counseling Requests are conditioned on and subject to the discretion and approval of the High Hopes Church Board of Directors or its Designated Representative.