As professional and clerical staff at Bethesda Christian Counseling Midwest, Inc., we believe that:
- God is the sovereign Lord of all and reveals himself in the persons and work of the Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Humanity, and all of creation, has, because of original sin, become alienated from God. This alienation has resulted in a pervasive state of brokeness--personal and communal.
- Humanity's ultimate hope for restoration, wholeness, and redemption is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the grace and forgiveness he offers.
- The Bible is God's inspired Word and the final authority for faith and the practice of living.
- God's grace is the predominate healing force as it is experienced in the therapeutic relationship.
- It is essential, for the welfare of the therapist, that the Christian counselor maintain a dynamic personal relationship with the living Christ.
- God, by his Spirit, communicates his common grace to all humanity by granting even those who do not acknowledge him, the potential for wisdom, goodness, knowledge, and truth.
- The contributions of all medical and mental health professionals comes under the authority of the Lordship of Christ; and are utilized by the Christian counselor as aids toward the healing of persons so long as their contributions are not contrary to the principles of Scripture.
- The Christian counselor utilizes all available sources of clinical training and knowledge that is consistent with the principles of Scripture; and integrates that clinical training into one's personal faith in Jesus Christ and one's clinical practice.
- The Christian counselor, following the example of Jesus, accepts clients wherever they may be in their journey of faith; and helps them achieve a mature, congruent, and healthy spiritual life that results in the wholeness of the individual and the family.
- The Christian counselor devotes time to praying for one's clients, believing that God is involved in the healing process.
- The Christian counselor may use prayer as part of their therapeutic session when it is judged to be appropriate and useful for the client.
- The Christian counselor may use the Bible as part of the therapeutic session when such use of Scripture is judged to be appropriate and helpful for the client.
- The Christian counselor, and the entire support staff at Bethesda, are called to the healing ministry by God; and, as such, are representatives of Jesus Christ and channels of his grace to the wounded.