Counseling vision

At Cedar Creek, we believe that Biblical Counseling is a ministry of the Word by which Christians help others understand and change how their hearts actively respond to God amongst the specific circumstances of life. The goal of counseling is always to restore believers to usefulness in Christ’s Church. We see the counseling process as intensive discipleship regarding a specific issue for a limited duration. The issue may be a specific area of sin or a difficult life circumstance. We believe that true change is the work of the Holy Spirit through the words of Scripture. The reading, studying, and memorization of Scripture is the most important part of counseling, both during the sessions and at home.


We also believe that every Christian is commanded to counsel and minister to each other (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:19-25; Romans 15:14; Galatians 6:1-2; Colossians 3:16). Therefore, the counseling ministry should not be thought of as the exclusive source of counseling in the church. Rather, it is a group of believers with training to handle especially difficult or specialized cases. It is our desire that all members would seek counseling from one another before pursuing counseling through this ministry.

FAQ

  • The counseling process is different for every case and depends on your needs. It usually begins with a session to discuss the issue in detail where the counselor will ask lots of questions. Depending on what comes up, you and your counselor will agree on a schedule to meet weekly or bi-weekly. Most cases require 6-10 sessions that are each one hour long. Homework will be assigned between sessions that may take a few hours per week to complete.

  • We are happy to provide counseling to members, attenders, and to the community of Fern Creek. However, members will be given priority if counseling resources are limited.

  • Our counselors are not professionally licensed. They seek to offer Biblical wisdom and advise. 

  • All our counselors will strive to maintain your confidentiality as much as possible. Before counseling, you will be asked to review and sign our "Consent to Counsel" form that describes the process in detail. In summary, counselors will maintain your confidentiality unless they need help from another counselor or pastor, someone's safety is at risk, or if they are legally obligated to report something to the authorities.

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additional counseling resources

There are many Biblical Counseling organizations with wonderful resources. Below are some that we have found especially helpful.

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC)

ACBC seeks to strengthen the Church to speak the truth in love by providing a quality training and certification process, a global network of like-minded individuals and institutions, and a source of practical and biblical resources for the Church.


Main site: biblicalcounseling.com/



Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC)

The BCC exists to multiply the ministry of the biblical counseling movement by strengthening churches, para-church organizations, and educational institutions through promoting unity and excellence in biblical counseling. Their site is full of great resources including a grouping of all their resources by topic.


Main site: www.biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/

Resources by Topic: www.biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/resources/



Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF)

CCEF works to restore Christ to counseling and to restore counseling to the church. Their site is full of great resources with a really helpful set of short videos on various topics and a searchable database.


Main site: www.ccef.org/

Short videos by topic: www.ccef.org/video/



Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD)

IBCD serves organizations and individuals who share a passion to see believers equipped through life’s struggles with the Word of God by offering training, counseling resources, events and free resources that are helpful to anyone interested in learning how to better help others.


Main site: ibcd.org/

Resources by Topic: ibcd.org/resources/



Faith Lafayette Resources

Faith Lafayette is a multi-site church in Indianna that has played a significant role in the Biblical Counseling movement. They have made a number of resources available on their site.


Resources: www.faithlafayette.org/resources



Minibooks

New Growth Press has a series of minibooks that are easy to ready and give a quick biblical perspective on a variety of issues. We have a display of books in our main building, but there are many additional titles that you may find helpful.


Books: newgrowthpress.com/minibooks/