Fellowship Counseling and Soul Care exists: (1) To provide Christ-centered counseling and soul care to the members of Fellowship Louisville, and (2) to equip the members of Fellowship Louisville to skillfully and lovingly care for one another with God’s Word.
Our philosophy of counseling is informed by several values:
1. Scripture. The Bible is foundational to all our counseling and soul care practices because the Bible is God’s word (2 Tim 3:16). As such, the Bible reflects God’s own understanding of reality, including people and their problems.
2. Gospel. To say that the gospel is one of our values is to make clear our ultimate goal. We want to see people experience the deepest soul-healing possible through faith union with Jesus Christ in his death, resurrection, and ascension. Though at times it may be appropriate to focus our attention elsewhere, our ultimate aim is to help people find healing through the gospel.
3. Community. God has designed the local church to be the primary context for soul-care (Eph 4:11-16; Col 3:12-17). In one sense, then, soul care involves everything the church does, from preaching and singing, to small groups and individual counseling. Our counseling ministry is purposely integrated with our corporate gathering and Gospel Community Group ministry because we do not believe that a one-hour counseling appointment is sufficient for real healing and change.
4. Equipping. The privilege of counseling is not reserved for a few elite Christians. In fact, the Bible assumes that all Christians will counsel one another as a normal aspect of our life together (Rom 15:14; Gal 6:1; Eph 4:12; Col 1:28-29; 3:16; 1 Thess 5:14-18). At Fellowship, we want to see every member equipped to care for one another’s souls. Therefore, we will often integrate equipping into our regular counseling sessions by bringing apprentices into counseling sessions in order to observe and be trained to counsel. We may also bring your Gospel Community Group leaders into a session, if appropriate, to equip them to better care for your soul. Furthermore, we are committed to providing training opportunities to the members of Fellowship.
How Do I Receive Counseling and Soul Care?
1. Gospel Community Groups. If you desire counseling, and are not currently in a small group, your first step is to find a group near you. Small groups are the primary venue for soul care and counseling at Fellowship Louisville. Through living life in community with other Christians, you will receive love, care, and counsel that is gospel-centered.
If you are currently in a Gospel Community Group and desire counseling, start by talking to your group leaders. If they are unable to help, they will direct you to seek individual counseling.
2. Individual Counseling. If your GCG leader, in cooperation with an elder, suggest more individualized care, Fellowship has an official partnership with Brandon Smith Counseling LLC. To schedule a counseling appointment, please email Brandon Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for scholarship money from Fellowship or to discuss other counseling recommendations, please contact Todd Pellowe at email@example.com.