Our Goal – Our goal in providing training is to help you meet the challenges of life in a way that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and allow you to fully enjoy His love and plans for your life.
Biblical Basis – We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our training is based on scriptural principles. Neither the pastoral nor the lay counselors of this church are trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals. We seek to ‘make disciples’ as Jesus commanded, and thus seek to help you in developing your relationship with Him.
Confidentiality – Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. This completed form and any pertinent information will be filed with Calvary SLO for documentation and reference purposes. There are five situations when it may necessitate sharing certain information with others: when a coach/trainer is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another pastor or elder; when a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his/her pastor/leaders; when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene; when a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation; or when a crime has been committed (see Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20; Deut. 13:6-8). Please be assured that our trainers/coaches strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
Resolution of Conflicts – On rare occasions a conflict may develop between a trainer/coach and those being trained/coached. In order to make sure that any such conflicts will be resolved in a biblical and faithful manner, we require all those being trained/coached agree that any dispute that arises with a trainer/coach or with this church as a result of counseling will be settled by mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration.
Having clarified the principles and policies of our training ministry, we welcome the opportunity to minister to you and to be used by Him as He helps you to grow in spiritual maturity and prepares you for usefulness in His body. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with a pastor or elder before your training. If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please sign below.