Truth • Discipleship • Community
It’s our desire to come alongside you and lovingly care for you and help carry your burdens. More importantly, we want to guide you to pursue your ultimate hope and comfort, Jesus Christ.
The person of Christ, His preeminence, the gift of His life given to us
Biblically-Grounded with Truth & Grace
We get principles for life and godliness from the Bible, and we want to give counsel that is a blend of both truth and grace.
The real counselor is God, who meets us through his Spirit. We want to be careful to give heed to His guidance and not simply let our experience dominate the direction for our counsel.
Humility and dependence on God are shown most clearly through prayer. We want to practice and model both humility and dependence throughout the counseling process.
God calls us to live life in the context of His people. Care, encouragement, exhortation, and healing happen most fruitfully in the church community.
We all at various times have needed or will need counsel.
Maybe you are aware of a sin area you are struggling with, or maybe it is someone else’s sin that is affecting you. It could be consequences of foolish choices, life-altering trials,or other things that bring us to a place where we need help and hope. It’s our desire to come alongside you during this time. We hope to lovingly care for you and help carry your burdens (Galatians 6:1-2; James 1:2-5) but, more importantly, we want to point you to and remind you of your ultimate hope, Jesus Christ.
We strongly believe long-term spiritual growth happens in community. God has chosen to work in and through the local church. We are here to serve our family at Harvest Bible Chapel first and foremost.
We believe that regularly attending worship services, being part of a small group, and shouldering the weekly kingdom responsibilities by serving in one of our many ministries is part of growing in Christ. It is not only the natural desire of a growing disciple of Jesus Christ but is a way to fight isolation (Proverbs 18:1). The Scriptures warn us to be regularly involved in and devoted to fellowship and encouragement (Hebrews 3:12-24; 10:24-25).
Ideally, a potential counselee would be any individual or couple who are regular attenders or members of Harvest Bible Chapel who are also faithfully attending a small group. We do provide counseling to the community, as well, however we will encourage you to be involved at a Bible-believing local church as part of the counseling process.
Steps Before Formal Counseling
Share your concerns, problems, pain, etc. with your Small Group leader(s). Your leader(s) may be able to give you the counsel you need to see healing, change, and victory.
If your small group leader feels they need help in caring for you, they should consult with their coach. With your permission, they would then ask for wisdom and direction as well as practical ways to care for and counsel you.
If still more help is needed, your coach may consult with the Senior Pastor.
If it is determined at this point that more help is needed, your leaders will refer you to be considered for formal counseling. At that time, we would ask that you fill out our application form.
Once the form is submitted, a staff member will read over your request and determine the best plan of action. The counseling ministry will follow up with you as soon as possible to help you take the next step.
As you wait, and if you have not done so, we would ask that you prayerfully consider who may be able to come alongside you as an advocate. Ideally, your small group leader will help you do that early on in the process, but if you have not found someone at this point, please continue to pray and let the counseling ministry know about the status of finding an advocate.
For more information about the role of an advocate, click here: Biblical Counseling Advocacy Form and Agreement (HBC DSM)
If you still have questions about receiving care or are not sure about your situation and eligibility after reading through the information above, please contact us.