Christian Life Fellowship

Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry

Welcome to the Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry. We are grateful that you are inviting us into your life at this time. It is never easy to ask for help. We admire the courage, faith, and humility this first step represents on your part. It is our prayer that God will bless this step and use our time together to build more hope and direction into your life.

  • Our goal in the counseling ministry is to make the Gospel paramount by connecting our members and our community friends to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. We are confident that through the Scriptures and the power of His Spirit, God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). It is our joy to help real people with real problems using the Bible.

  • Our commitment as a church is to offer counseling services to church members and those in the local community. As a church, we are committed to help others glorify God with their thoughts, words, and actions through the community of faith. This is made possible by the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the instruction of God's Word. Your counseling will be biblical, lay counseling in which the Scriptures are held as the final authority in all matters. If you are not sure that you will be interested in biblical counseling, you will have the option of attending one or two sessions to discover how biblical counseling may help you.

  • We are committed to providing a balanced and biblical approach to counseling. By biblical counseling we mean that your counselor is a Christian with special training and experience in applying the truth of the Bible to life. We believe that the Bible speaks to all of life and to all life's problems, but it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections. We don't believe that the Bible is simply a how-to book for happiness.

    Most importantly, we believe that the Bible ultimately points us to a person--the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a loving, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counseling, although we believe that deep and lasting change is brought about only by God Himself. Because of this, we do not use the Bible in either a superficial or heavy-handed way.

    When necessary, we will work with your physician or other professionals to ensure you receive the appropriate medical care in conjunction with the counseling services you receive.

  • Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry utilizes the help of both trained lay volunteers and pastors. Our counselors do not know everything about biblical teaching and its application to life; nevertheless, they do know much and will do their utmost to help you. Counselors will honestly tell you if they require additional assistance from another member of the Biblical Lay Counseling Ministry. Please understand that biblical counseling consists of Christians providing scriptural advice and practical application. Yet the counselee is held fully responsible for how he/she implements that advice (James 1:23-25). In addition, our counselors are neither psychologists, nor professional counselors. The counseling team consists of pastors, lay counselors, and trainees under the direction of the church elders who provide guidance and oversight.

    The staff of Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry will supervise the trainees and lay volunteers. A biblical counselor trainee may be present in any counseling session for training and observation.

  • We look forward to helping you. Due to the nature of our ministry and that it is funded with support of generous donations from our community, we do have limited hours. If this is an emergency, please call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Once your intake form is received, you will be contacted within 3 business days to schedule an initial intake appointment.

    You may reach our counseling office by calling the church office at 541.889.7264. The church office is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday. If no one answers, please leave a message and we will return your call. (You may leave messages on Mondays & Fridays also.)

    We are unable to provide childcare for appointments and children are not allowed to wait in our waiting area.  Thank you for your understanding.

  • Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry provides free biblical counseling because we never want cost to hinder those in need of support and encouragement. We do not charge for the counseling services offered, however there is a one-time $35 fee requested to cover all resource materials and provide training to our biblical counselors. (If the $35 fee is a hardship for you, please continue to complete and submit your intake form, and then contact the church office at 541.889.7264.)

    Because our counseling sessions are free, we rely on the generous donations of those who desire to partner with us in ministry to help with the cost of providing counseling sessions that would normally cost around $65 per session, for a series of 6-8 appointments.

    If our pastors/counselors have been a blessing to you and God has given you the means to do so, then your financial gift towards our counseling ministry is most welcome.  In such cases, you can donate here, or give by check made out to Christian Life Fellowship, rather than a particular pastor or counselor. By donating you are joining with the body of Christ to proclaim the Gospel throughout the Treasure Valley and even to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20).  (Please note LCD in the online portal or memo line on your check.)

Counseling Forms/Waivers

Our counseling forms are designed to allow the counseling process to start smoothly and to allow us to connect you with the resources that fit your needs. The intake form will (1) help us get to know you in a comprehensive, holistic, and efficient manner and (2) help you organize your thoughts about your counseling objectives. Please allow 30 minutes to complete the intake form and read through other information. Signatures on all forms will be required at your first appointment.  Please read the information in each section carefully and contact us with any questions at 541.889.7264.

  • Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process. We carefully guard the information you entrust to us to the fullest extent possible. As a church-based counseling ministry, we do not offer absolute confidentiality. There are times when it may be necessary for us to share specific information with others. Examples include but are not limited to:

    --matters of church discipline (cf. Matthew 18:15 ff.) 

    --divorce and separation which may include notifying the pastor of counselee's attending church

    --criminal activities

    --potential harm to self or others

    Additionally, when a counselor is uncertain how to address a particular situation, the counselor may consult with another member of the Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry team for the purpose of providing the highest level of care within the ministries of the church. To best care for you, we will work together as a ministry team while keeping the circle of confidentiality as tight as possible.

    There are times when counseling information may be shared outside the church context. Those exceptions would include, but are not limited to the following;

    --known or suspected abuse of any kind

    --the intent to take criminal actions or violence against another person

    --credible suicidal thoughts or intentions

    Throughout the course of your counseling, if you are suicidal, it is crucial that you talk with your counselor about these matters. You agree to share any suicidal thoughts or intentions with your counselor at any time they arise, and by phone if they occur in between sessions, and that you will seek medical care if you become suicidal during the course of your counseling.

    In the case of marriage or family counseling, there is limited confidentiality, meaning the confidentiality belongs to the couple and not the individual.

    Confidentiality for counseling at Christian Life Fellowship is defined by pastor-parishioner privilege because we are a local church and our counselors operate as agents of the church (pastors/ministers), not agents of the state (licensed counselors). This means counseling conversations are inadmissible in the court of law. All counseling forms and notes taken by the counselor are the property of Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry. They are protected as confidential and may not be used in court proceedings or in any other way that is not authorized by the Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry team.

    If your counseling needs require professional representations in a court setting by a counselor, Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry will likely not be the best fit for your needs.

  • Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry is not professional advice. If you have significant legal, financial, medical, or other technical questions, we may help you seek advice from an independent professional in that field.

    We believe in biblical counseling and the future support of the body of Christ once counseling is completed. However, in the case that progress is not being made, a conflict of interest, or for medical concerns, we do make referrals.  With your permission, we will work with you family physician and insurance to help seek medical or professional care if needed.

    Homework is sometimes given between sessions. This can range from reading information to taking a practical step in your counseling process.

  • In seeking counseling from Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry, please acknowledge your understanding of the following conditions and further release its pastors, staff, counselors, employees, and all ministry team leadership from any legal liability, claim or litigation arising from your participation in this voluntary program:

    1. Counseling will be provided by pastors or church-trained lay leaders. The counseling staff is not a licensed counseling service through the state of Oregon.

    2. All counseling is provided in accordance with the biblical principles adhered to by Christian Life Fellowship and is not necessarily provided in adherence to any local or national psychological or psychiatric associations.

    3. No representation has been made, either expressly or implied, that the biblical counseling, as conducted by the above-mentioned counselors, is accepted as customary psychological and/or psychiatric therapy within the definitional terms utilized by those professions.

    4. In consideration for receiving any form of counseling from Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry, the person receiving the counseling agrees to release and waive any and all claims of any kind against the ministry, the staff, the pastoral/lay counselors or any participating church member, which may arise from, result out of, or be related to conduct or advice given.

  • As a counselee, you have the right to discuss outcomes and challenges regarding the counseling and receive an estimate of the predicted length, goals, and outcome of the counseling, as well as alternative options to that counseling. You have the right to ask about and/or refuse any techniques used. You are encouraged to report to a board member/pastor or counseling director if you have any grievances regarding the counseling. You may terminate counseling at any time, but we encourage you to consult with your counselor as to the best way to do so.

    I understand that Christian Life Fellowship Biblical Lay Counseling and Discipleship Ministry may terminate services for noncompliance with the agenda of care and/or agreed upon administrative issues, failure to keep or cancel appointments, criminal misconduct, violence, or other similar issues.

    Having clarified the principles and policies of our counseling ministry, we joyfully anticipate the opportunity to walk with you as Christ enables you to grow in spiritual maturity and usefulness to His body. 

    If you have any questions about these guidelines, please speak with your counselor or call the church office at 541.889.7264.