Our board of directors have voted and have adopted the Biblical Counseling Coalition Confessional Statement as our own! Please click the link above and read to better understand Rise Up Christian Counseling. 

 

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Our Specific Purpose as a Ministry
The specific purpose for which the corporation is organized is to teach and preach the gospel through speaking engagements at religious venues, provide biblical counseling, conduct evangelistic and humanitarian activities, produce and distribute Christian literature, offer bible based classes, license and ordain ministers of the gospel, promote education and development, support missions and to also engage in activities which are necessary, suitable or convenient for the accomplishment of that purpose, or which are incidental thereto or connected therewith which are consistent with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code.
Our Goal, Our Vision, Our Commitment
Our Goal
To connect our counselees and our community to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. We are confident that through 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 Vision
Is larger than a few one-on-one meetings with a counselor. Rarely does change happen in isolation. As a part of counseling, we will likely encourage you to be involved in the life of a local church in a variety of ways as we walk together. Our approach to counseling focuses on helping you identify how your beliefs, values, and desires (Prov. 4:23; Matt 6:21; Luke 6:45) express themselves in your emotions, relationships, decision making, and identity.
Our Commitment
As a counseling ministry is to offer counseling services to our counselees and community neighbors in Ackerman, Mississippi, and surrounding counties and/or throughout the world. As a counseling ministry, 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 pastoral counseling in which the Scriptures are held as the final authority in all matters. If you are not sure you will be interested in Biblical counseling, it is suggested that you attend one or two counseling sessions to discover how Biblical counseling may help you.
Philosophy of Care

 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 truths of the Bible to life. We believe the Bible speaks to all of life and all of its problems, but it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections. We do not believe the Bible is simply a how-to book for happiness. We are confident that through the Scriptures and the power of His Spirit, God has given us all the instructions necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). It is our joy to help real people, with real problems, using the Bible. Your counseling will be biblical, pastoral 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.  Most importantly, we believe the Bible ultimately points us to a Person – the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counseling, although we believe deep and lasting change is brought about only by God himself. Because of this, we do not use the Bible in a superficial or heavy-handed way.

Our Goals and Plans
How are we going to help communities with counseling and education?

Our goal is to implement a collaborative approach with the church and community leaders!

We want to bring together community leaders, faith leaders, and other community resources to help reduce the stigma of mental health and addiction by teaching the leaders how to respond and identify mental health and addictions within the church and community.

We want to create training programs and educational opportunities for leaders to partake in and grow their understanding so they can help the congregation and community by,

1. Faith and community leaders can help educate individuals and families about mental health

2. Increasing awareness of mental health issues and making it easier for people to seek help.

3. Community connectedness and support, like that found in faith-based and other neighborhood organizations, are also important to the long-term recovery of people living with mental illnesses.

What we can do:

1. Educate your communities and congregations. Promote awareness by educating the members of your communities and congregations about mental health issues through educational forums and other opportunities Invite local mental health experts – including those who have experienced mental illness – to speak with your congregation or at community gatherings. Share facts and common myths about mental health. Support the development of a trauma-informed community. Trauma often lies beneath seemingly unrelated problems. Organize additional meetings, dinners, or other gatherings for members of your congregation or community to have conversations about mental health. 

2. Identify opportunities to support people with mental illnesses. Religious and other community organizations can play an important role in supporting individuals living with mental illnesses and encouraging them to seek help.  

3. Connect individuals and families to help. Strengthen the connections within your community to mental health services and support and enhance linkages between mental health, substance abuse, disability, and other social services.  

4. Promote acceptance of those with mental health issues. The voices of leaders and members of faith-based and other community organizations can greatly influence attitudes about mental health conditions and those who experience them. 

5. Offer free counseling to the cases that the church may feel like they cannot handle! 

6. Offer free counseling to the community and develop resources! 

7. Offer Group counseling, Small Groups, Education Groups, Community Events to help foster a connection and place that people fit in!