Philosophy of Ministry
1. Everyone experiences personal difficulties. The fall affects individuals' relationship with God (Gen. 3:8), with themselves (Gen 3:7), with others (Gen. 3:12), their physical being (Gen. 3:16), and the physical world (Gen. 3:17-19). Problems or suffering may have psychological, interpersonal, physical, spiritual or multiple causes. Therefore some difficulties may be due to personal sin (Ps. 38), the sin of others (Ex. 34:6-7; II Sam. 12:9-14), being sinned against (Gen 50:18-21), the effects of original sin on the physical world (Gen. 3:16-19) or God's sovereign purpose (Jn. 9:2-3). Sometimes people's limitations as finite creatures contribute to their frustration (Is. 55:8-9; Prov. 19:21; Job 40:3-5; 42:1-6).
2. All believers have a role in restoring others to optimal functioning (Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 12:11-13) but God has given certain individuals spiritual and natural gifts to help restore others (Acts 4:36; 15:36-40; II Tim. 4:11). This purpose is carried out by a staff of counselors who work individually and together as a team (Prov. 11:14; 15:22; 24:6; Eccl. 4: 9-12) each contributing from their areas of strength and expertise (I Cor. 12; Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 12:6).
3. This ministry is extended to all persons (Jer. 29:7, Acts 10:38), but particularly believers (Gal. 6:10, I Jn. 3:16,23).
4. Substantial restoration from the effects of the fall are possible (II Cor. 5:17). However, crises, stages of growth, and maturity are distributed unevenly between persons and over time. Hence the need for services can vary among individuals. Restoration is part of a process (II Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2:12-13) that will not be completed until we see the Lord (Rom. 8:29-30; I Jn. 3:2).
1. Counselors are encouraged to use their varied training, experience, giftedness and unique personality as vehicles of healing (II Cor. 1: 3-7, I Cor. 12, Rom. 12: 6). Counselors draw from biblical principles and other professionally accepted techniques and approaches to problems (Acts 15:36-40). Counselor’s may vary with their approach to problems but perform all services in the context of prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Staff and Board of Directors, individually and collectively, examine the approaches and techniques used to ensure consistency with Scriptures (Acts 17:11).
2. CCCU staff will make their services available by maintaining and nurturing relationships with other Christian leaders and organizations. We offer professional-to-professional consultation (e.g. clergy, educators, physicians and attorneys), presentations, seminars, and workshops. In addition, visibility will be made through common reference sources (phonebook, payors' list of providers, internet) as “Christian”.
3. Staff members, at times, work together with the same client to provide the most effective services (Prov. 15:22, I Cor. 12). In some cases the staff will draw on resources outside the Counseling Center (supervision, consultation, continuing education) to increase training and expertise.
4. We serve the Salt Lake Valley at large, as well as parts of Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado. We have satellite offices in Ogden and Park City and hope to develop other satellite locations.
5. Services are provided on a sliding scale based on income (Acts 4:34-35). Fees are used to pay professional staff (Lk. 10:7, 1 Cor. 9:1-14, 1 Tim. 5:8, 17-18) and operating expenses.
6. Tax-exempt donations and volunteers will be used as much as possible to keep fees low (Acts 2: 44-45).
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