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Jim & Cheryl Crain
First Baptist Church
Restoring Christ to Counseling
& Counseling to the Church
The fellowship of First Baptist Church of Flower Mound (FBCFM) is delighted to offer biblical counseling to anyone who asks. Our biblical counseling ministry is available free of charge depending upon the schedule and availability of a counselor.
We have included some of the most commonly asked questions about this ministry.
What is biblical counseling?
We are confident that the Bible has all the information necessary for life and godliness. The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:3-4 that God's "divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust."
There are no problems between persons or in persons that the Bible fails to address either generally or specifically. Biblical counseling involves giving Scriptural teaching and making practical application to counselees. The Bible will be the authority in all cases. If you are not sure you understand the concept of biblically based counseling, you are welcome to attend one or two counseling sessions for a better understanding of biblical counseling.
Biblical counseling can be defined as the process of discerning thinking and behavior, verbally confronting the problem, and doing so for the benefit of the counselee and for the glory of God.
Who is doing the counseling?
Our counselors are members of First Baptist Church Flower Mound. They are not licensed by the state of Texas; rather, they have received and are continuing to receive training in biblical counseling; therefore, all counseling will be conducted in accordance with the individual counselor's understanding of the Scriptures. Our counselors understand that they do not know all that the Bible teaches and have not experienced all of its applications to life.
The goal of the counselor will be to lead you to a better understanding of Scripture that you may apply Scripture to your specific life situations. No matter how well-equipped and competent a counselor might be, each counselor knows that without the work of the Holy Spirit of God to bring about change, no lasting change can occur. Therefore, our counselors will pray for you at each session and in many instances they will pray for you during the week between sessions.
Our counselors will make a point to differentiate between God's commands and their own suggestions. Counselors will also honestly tell you if they feel inadequate to counsel you further and will seek help from others.
Our counselors are not qualified to give medical or legal advice.
Do I have to be a member of a Baptist Church?
No, you are not required to be a member of a Baptist Church. If you attend a church other than First Baptist of Flower Mound, we will encourage you to invite your pastor or another leader from your church to accompany you to the counseling sessions. We recognize and respect the authority and discipline of your church. The attendance by your pastor or other leader will make the transfer back to the pastoral care of your church much easier.
We do expect you to regularly attend a local church during the time you are being counseled. In addition to regular weekly attendance at your existing church, the counselor might also expect you to attend FBCFM on a weekly basis while you are in counseling here - this would be a matter of attendance, not church membership.
Lasting change is more effectively realized when people also receive help from the church's ministry of preaching, teaching, and fellowship and when those ministries complement the help given in counseling.
Will the information I share in counseling be kept confidential?
Confidentiality is practiced in our counseling sessions; however, absolute confidentiality is not supported by Scripture. In certain circumstances, the Bible requires that facts be disclosed to select others.
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 another counselor, the pastor or a leader in this church; 2. when a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor or other church leaders (we will disclose to others only the information that we believe is necessary for them to effectively and biblically fulfill their responsibility to shepherd you); 3. when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene; or 4. 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 (read Proverbs 15:22, 24:11 and Matthew 18:15-20 for further information on the matter of limited confidentiality).
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.
I want to do this, how do I get started?
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION will take you to an information form. Please provide us with your contact information and a brief description of why you are interested in learning more about this biblical counseling ministry.
After you have submitted this information, one of our counselors will contact you.
Early in the information gathering process, you will be asked to complete a "Personal Data Information" form and a “Counseling Agreement”. This information is not required prior to our first meeting, but it will be most helpful to you and to us if timely completed.
Besides providing personal data about myself, what else do I have to do?
You must be dependable. With each scheduled appointment your counselor will be present and on time, and you are expected to do the same. If you need to reschedule an appointment, we ask that you call the church at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to allow the counselor to best utilize the time previously allotted to you.
The counselor will also plan and design assignments specific to your situation. These homework assignments will be essential to your process of growing and changing. Therefore, you will be expected to be diligent and faithful to do all that is assigned. If the counselor recommends that you purchase books and other homework materials, you will be expected to pay for these items. You might spend as much as $40 to $80 per person.
How can you do this for free?
Our counselors are all unpaid volunteers, and the expenses of the program are funded by contributions from Christians who desire to see every person helped by biblical counseling. We want to see marriages reconciled, to see young people find meaning and purpose in life, to see those who grieve find comfort, and we want to provide individuals an opportunity to talk to someone with a sympathetic ear. We want you to know that this ministry is provided to you because we love Jesus, and He has commanded us to love you as well.