Speaking the Truth in Love
We seek to foster a culture of discipleship in which members naturally care for one another by speaking the truth in love (cf. Ephesians 4:11-16). Sanctification is the process of growth in the Christian life, and we know from Scripture and experience that the process is often difficult and painful. In his wisdom, God has designed the church to be a body of people who are equipped and ready to care for one another. At Immanuel, we often refer to this as "Every Member Ministry.” While every Christian has a responsibility to love and care for others, we recognize that some possess a particular gift from the Lord to listen, discern, and apply His wisdom to life’s most difficult problems. Immanuel’s “biblical counselors” are eager to serve those in need of receiving their service of listening and giving counsel from the Word of God.
The Nature of Counseling at Immanuel
We embrace the Biblical Counseling Model at Immanuel. Our ultimate goal is to wisely help Christians apply the Bible to their daily battles against sin. We seek to build strong relationships and help people embrace the gospel in ways that are meaningful and direction-giving. Our counsel is built on a view of human life which is uniquely Christ-centered and understands the complex natures of men and women’s difficulties. We believe that people can be healed, delivered, strengthened, and built up as they grow in their understanding of the gospel. None of this growth happens apart from our personal dependence on Christ, through the active work of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God our Father.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Immanuel offer Biblical Counseling to non-members?
We are happy to meet in limited scope with any person—Christian or not—who wants light from the Bible shed on their path; however, we reserve ongoing counseling for the members of Immanuel Baptist Church.
How often do we meet?
An initial meeting with one of our Biblical Counselors will help determine if on-going meetings are necessary and helpful. Most often, our counselors will ask for a 6-7 meeting commitment, then re-assess and adjust meeting frequency and length of commitment based on progress and ongoing need.
Will I be meeting with a pastor?
Sometimes, but not always. Immanuel is very blessed to have many gifted men who aren’t pastors as well as women who serve as Biblical counselors.
Are the Biblical Counselors at Immanuel certified by any specific counseling organization?
No. We do not require certificates or degrees to serve as a Biblical Counselor. We do thoroughly investigate the person’s life and doctrine and believe they are mature, godly, able to counsel, and gifted to serve as counselors.
What kinds of difficulties do you counsel through?
We are eager to listen and strive to serve no matter what problem a person faces. Typical problems our counselors face include depression, sexual immorality, understanding God’s providence, anger, discerning calling, marriage and family issues, and more.
How do I know if I should reach out?
Have you stalled in making progress against your sins? Are you going backwards instead of forwards in your obedience to the Lord? Do you genuinely not know how to grow from where you are presently? If so, we would love to meet and help.
Do you report abuse?
Yes. We always report abuse. It is required by the State of Kentucky, and it is wise for every church to involve civil authorities to deal with criminal activity.
Is there a cost?
No. We are very happy to provide this service free of charge.
Will I be meeting alone with the counselor, or will someone else be included?
In most cases, we do have another person (an advocate) join in the counseling with you. The advocate is being trained in Biblical counseling as well as contributing to your counsel by adding their wisdom and praying for you.
What do I need to bring with me to counseling?
Bring a notepad and a Bible.