Biblical Counseling

Providing Biblical solutions for the problems people face. We accomplish this through education and certification that upholds faithful practice with doctrinal integrity and biblical sufficiency, resources that build up the church, and networks and friendships that promote biblical counseling excellence.

We practice and promote Biblical counseling, the personal ministry of God’s people to others under the oversight of the elders at Grace Fellowship Church, dependent upon the authority and sufficiency of God’s Word through the work of the Holy Spirit. Biblical counseling seeks to reorient disordered desires, affections, behaviors, thinking, and worship toward a God-designed anthropology to restore people to a right fellowship with God and others.

We believe the church is the primary context for soul care and that we must recover the church’s responsibility to provide care for sufferers and sinners. Therefore, we encourage and support the vital ministry of biblical counseling as an expression of church life.

As a member or regular attender, you may also schedule a counseling appointment with a pastor, elder, or counseling team member at our church by contacting the church office.

Counseling is fundamentally a theological task. Understanding the problems that require counseling and helping people with those problems requires theological faithfulness and submission to the way God explains life. Therefore, we hold to a summary of Christian doctrine, which we believe represents biblical standards that biblical counselors must embrace to do their work faithfully. 

The contents of Scripture speak with authoritative relevance to the content of counseling conversations. Therefore, we hold that the Bible sufficiently informs the structure and content of counseling relationships.

Referrals

The church should be equipped to handle issues that arise. However, either due to having sufficient time or the complexity of issues, we partner with and refer some people to the Biblical Counseling Center, which provides counseling by appointment at several Chicago-area locations. See the locations on the right to make an appointment.

GriefShare

GriefShare is a Christian-based grief program that aids those mourning the loss of a loved one or friend. It is a 13-week program with a new video followed by group sharing each week. It is not mandatory to attend from the first week; you may join at any time. Please call the church office for days and times of meetings.

Hope & Refuge

This group meets on the third Monday of each month. The group’s purpose is to develop a biblical theology of suffering from the Word of God for those who have gone through or are going through suffering to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish them (1 Pet 5:10). As God’s words to us, the Scriptures help us understand how to respond to our suffering (2 Pet 1:3). Each time we meet, we spend an extended time praying for each other.