Discipleship Counseling

Karen - Director of Discipleship Counseling

Discipleship Counseling at First Free offers to help individuals or couples who are going through difficulty in a relationship or in life in general. The Bible provides biblical principles and affirms the wisdom of seeking godly counsel for life’s problems and questions (Proverbs 11:14; 13:10). We offer hope as we offer wisdom and practical help from a biblical perspective. It is our goal to help others understand their problems and God’s good purposes in them.

Discipleship Counseling Beliefs

  • Scripture provides the only authoritative guide for what we are to believe and how we are to live (2 Timothy 3:17).

  • God has revealed to us everything we need to know about Him, about ourselves, and about the world around us (2 Peter 1:3).

  • God’s Word is the ultimate source of truth and restoration for the believer in Christ.

  • A Christ-centered view of human life is found in the Christian Scriptures which takes seriously the physical, social and developmental nature of our difficulties.

  • Hope and help is anchored in the truths of God’s Word and rooted in the love of others.

  • Genuine heart change is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

  • Helping you move toward greater Christ-likeness through the Holy Spirit’s power is our ultimate goal in life.

  • The Word of God is able to change people (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

For more detailed explanation of biblical counseling, please see "ACBC's standards-of-conduct"

*Please be aware that ongoing counseling relationships need to be between counselors and counselees of the same gender per our ACBC Standards of Conduct.

Counseling blog, forms/documents, helpful websites

Counseling blog posts Click HERE

Counseling forms and documents Click HERE

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I (we) don’t attend First Free?

The counseling ministry at First Free offers counseling to anyone seeking God’s wisdom for their struggles and sin.

What’s the cost?

The discipleship counseling sessions are provided at no cost as a ministry of First Evangelical Free Church of Maplewood. However, if you have benefited from counseling and wish to contribute to the ongoing needs of our discipleship counseling ministry, donations are greatly appreciated.

How long will the counseling last?

Counseling sessions vary. Count on the first session running about ninety minutes with the following sessions about seventy minutes. Usually sessions are conducted weekly. Depending on the issues addressed, it may only be necessary to meet for one or two sessions, other times, counseling may extend for a number of weeks, but generally not more than several months.

What will be expected of me in counseling?

  1. To show a desire to grow and change; guided by biblical principles and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

  2. To be committed to working at the situation.

  3. To complete homework assignments between sessions to implement and ensure lasting change.

  4. To attend Sunday services faithfully each week (your current church or First Free).

What are my next steps?

We require two preliminary steps:

  1. Carefully read and sign our Consent to Discipleship Counseling Policy. Bring the signed form to your first meeting.

  2. Complete our online Personal Data Inventory (PDI) form by clicking HERE or print and fill out the PDI form and mail, email, or deliver it to our church office.

After we receive your PDI form, we can schedule a time to meet.

Contact us to ask a question.