Helping People to Help Themselves and Others, at Home and Around the World

Biblical Counseling

We provide Biblical Counseling to individuals, couples and families.

 

We offer practical biblical tools to help individuals, couples, and families work through their own problems in living and in relationships. Our goal is not to fix problems but to provide you with the tools to work through your problems and coach you how to use these tools (Galatians 6:2). Because we stress the use of biblical tools, we have found that it reduces the need for prolonged  counseling sessions.

 

Core Beliefs

 

Living Foundation Ministries unreservedly believes that the Bible can help process every problem in living, either by direct precept or principle. We do not address any of the psychiatric disorders.  Our focus is to assist you to work through your problems in living and in relationships from a Biblical perspective. Each session is opened and closed in prayer.

 

Format

 

Counseling sessions can be arranged in the office or by phone.  We offer fifty-minute counseling sessions in our suite of offices located in Blue Springs, Missouri,  a suburb of Kansas City. Longer sessions can be arranged. Our office hours are 9:00 - 5:00, Monday through Friday, with evening and weekend sessions available by special arrangement.

Because of the national and international scope of our ministry, we offer these same 50-minute sessions by phone. These sessions are arranged by phone appointment and can be covered by a major credit card or personal check.

 

Cost

 

The $60.00 per 50-minute session covers  about 42% of the actual cost. The balance is made up by charitable donations  from friends of Living Foundation Ministries.  We are registered as a 501c3 ministry.  If you would like to donate to our ministry please click on the donate button below.

 

What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical?

(by Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D., LCPC)

  

Biblical Counseling/Spiritual Formation Is Christ-Centered

 

      Truly biblical counseling is Christ-centered in that its goal is to exalt Christ, its foundation is the Word of God, its purpose is conformity to the image of Christ, and its path is communion with Christ and connection with the Body of Christ. It’s all about Him!

      In Church history believers used the Latin term coram Deo meaning in the presence of God, face-to-face with God. We live, move, and have our being, meaning, and purpose in Christ. Eternal life and abundant life are found in Christ alone. Biblical counseling and spiritual formation assist God’s people to exalt Christ and to enjoy Him forever.

 

Biblical Counseling/Spiritual Formation Is Comprehensive

 

      Truly biblical counseling addresses the complexity of life lived in a fallen world. The Bible profoundly describes existence through our creation in God’s image, our fall into sin, and our redemption in Christ. Only when taken together can we understand people, diagnose problems, and prescribe solutionsbiblically.

      Biblical counseling follows a holistic approach to the nature of human nature. Created in the image of God, we should reflect God in our relational (spiritual, social, and self-aware), rational (images and beliefs), volitional (motivations and actions), emotional (responses and reactions), and physical capacities. Only when united can we help the whole person to become a whole person.

      Biblical counseling takes a robust approach to counselor training. It refuses all shortcuts as it recognizes the need for equipping in biblical content, Christlike character, relational competencies, and Christian community. Only when combined can we produce truly effective soul care-givers and spiritual directors.

 

Biblical Counseling/Spiritual Formation Is Compassionate

 

      As the modern biblical counseling movement enters it third generation, we must continue to unite truth and love. We need to listen to the biblical wisdom of passages such as Ephesians 4:15 (speaking/embodying the truth in love), Philippians 1:9-10 (our love abounding in depth of insight), and 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (we loved you so dearly that we gave you not only the Scriptures but also our own souls). We must avoid the caricature of “take two verses and call me in the morning.” Biblical counselors must enter deeply, personally into the lives of parishioners and counselees.

      As compassion grows, our focus expands. Whereas some early approaches to biblical counseling highlighted almost exclusively the vital aspect of confronting the sinning, current models must equally emphasize comforting the suffering. Historic models of sustaining, healing, reconciling, and guiding combine parakaletic soul care and nouthetic spiritual direction. Compassionate biblical counseling lovingly and humbly addresses suffering and sin through prescribing God’s grace as the only solution for our disgrace.

 

Biblical Counseling/Spiritual Formation Is Culturally-Informed

 

      Modern biblical counseling had once been the exclusive domain of white males. Now many diverse, new voices are being added to the biblical counseling movement. As we listen to the previously silenced voices of women and minorities, we are enriching biblical counseling and erecting intercultural relational bridges.

      As we hear these inspiring voices, we learn how to counsel more effectively in intercultural settings. Not only that, but the application and interpretation of this diverse biblical wisdom greatly enhance all areas of biblical counseling theory and practice. We learn together how to minister Christ’s changeless truth for our changing times.

 

In Summary

 

Christ-centered, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling and spiritual formation addresses:

 

  • The Focus of Life: To exalt God and to enjoy Him forever
  • The Complexity of Life: Creation, Fall, and Redemption (People, Problems, and Solutions)
  • The Nature of Human Nature: Relational (Spiritual, Social, Self-Aware), Rational, Volitional, Emotional, and Physical Beings
  • Counselor Training: Biblical Content, Christlike Character, Relational Competencies, and Christian Community
  • Truth and Love: Scripture and Soul
  • Suffering and Sin: Parakaletic Sustaining/Healing and Nouthetic Reconciling/Guiding

Intercultural Diversity: Biblical Insights from and Relationships between Christian Men and Women of All Cultures

Living Foundation Ministries

816-229-5000

Fax 816-229-5056    (please call number above to arrange fax)
611 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, MO 64014
info@help4living.org

 

We are located 3 blocks south (second traffic signal) of I-70 & Missouri 7 Highway (exit 20) in Blue Springs, MO in the eastern Kansas City Metroplex.  See map below. Click on the map to enlarge.

Hours

Mon-Fri :

10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Wed, Thu :

04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Counseling services are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays by special arrangement.

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