About the Ministry
Ministry PurposeThe Biblical Counseling Ministry provides assistance to individuals, couples, and families in the form of short-term, intensive discipleship to offer support and guidance to those facing difficult issues in life. Our focus is to help fellow believers glorify God with their thoughts, motives, and behaviors, through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the instruction of God’s Word. (Col. 3:23; Eph. 1:7; John 16:8, 13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Ministry PhilosophyThe basic presupposition of biblical counseling is that there is an infinite and personal God who has revealed Himself in the written Word, the Bible, and the living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible and Jesus Christ both testify that the most basic problem of every human being is his separation from God. This occurs by the fact that He is holy, and we are not. While people may solve their personal problems temporarily and partially by approximating biblical principles or through behavior modification, they can never experience an absolutely fulfilling life here or eternally unless this separation is overcome by reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ. Our desire is to help people to know Jesus more deeply, and help them find and apply God’s answers for their personal and relational problems.
Counseling services are available to anyone in the community; however, members of Richland Creek Community Church always take precedence over non-members. When a counselor is available, non-members may be scheduled for counseling. Please keep in mind that the wait times listed below can be extended when members request counseling; however, once counseling of non-members begin, the sessions will continue to completion without interruption.
All counselees are required to attend a weekly worship service and small group meeting while counseling. If you are a member of another church, this requirement still applies, while receiving our counseling services. Additionally, we will inform one of your pastors that you are receiving counsel at Richland Creek. We do this, because we recognize and respect the authority of local churches; and, this makes transfer back to the pastoral care of your church easier to affect.
Current counseling wait times vary from 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the type of counseling requested and the availability of the counselors.
Ministry TeamEach of our male and female counselors is an active Richland Creek member, has completed one of three required training tracks in biblical counseling, has been approved by our church pastors, receives ongoing continuing education training, and receives oversight and consultation from our Counseling Pastor (Tony Donato) or the Associate Pastor (John Wright).
Note: Biblical Counseling, by nature, is short-term, crisis focused. Consequently, the typical counseling period ranges from 8-12 sessions. However, there are times when 1-2 sessions may be all that is required.