“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.” – Colossians 1:28-29
What is BSC (Biblical Soul Care)?
- Christ-Centered (Colossians 1:15-20) – The person of Christ, His preeminance, the gift of His life given to us
Biblically-Grounded with Truth & Grace (John 1:14) – 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.
- Spirit-Led (John 6:63) – 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.
- Prayer-Saturated (Colossians 4:2) – 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.
- Community-Based (Hebrews 10:24-25) – 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 in Biblical Soul Care 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 regular 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.
I’m a Member and Faithfully Attend a Small Group – How do I get Help?
- 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 flock leader (a coach and leader of small group leaders). 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 flock leader may consult with the Associate Pastor over Biblical Soul Care
- If it is determined at this point that more help is needed, your leaders will refer you to be considered for formal Biblical Soul Care. At this time we would ask that you fill out our Soul Care Forms (access to these forms will be given to you directly by a BSC staff member or volunteer).
- Once the forms are submitted, a BSC staff member will read over your request and determine the best plan of action. A staff member or Soul Care volunteer 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 Biblical Soul Care team know about the status of finding an advocate.
If you find that you still have questions about receiving care or are not sure about your particular situation and eligibility for care after reading through the information above, please feel free to contact us.