The Crisis at Hand
Yes, we believe there is a crisis
at hand. It is not just an opportunity,
or a challenge, or a situation needing adjustment.
We are convinced that there is a huge need that should be biblically and
compassionately addressed here in Metropolitan Phoenix.
Here is what we see:
is now the fifth largest city in the nation, yet there is no valleywide Biblical
(nouthetic) counseling ministry to serve the whole body of Christ.
Church largely has confidence that the gospel saves, but not that the gospel will
sanctify (make holy) a struggling believer.
approaches to counseling fail to intentionally glorify God or bring lasting joy
to His people
Pastor is too often viewed as a professional rather than a shepherd involved
with the lives of his flock.
philosophies subtly, yet pervasively influence and guide Christian thinking. We
need a biblical worldview that informs our counseling.
the church is typically the last resource hurting people approach with serious life
How can we Begin to Address
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ
has raised up Compassionate Counselors, Inc. (CCI) to strengthen the local church
and help people glorify God in their lives.
We have four areas of focus and concentration as a ministry:
Counsel with compassion and mercy to hurting individuals
- Supply Training for the local church, organizations and
- Offer Chaplaincy services to Christian-owned businesses
- Provide Resources to find books, materials and other media
The Convictions of Compassionate
Why do we believe this ministry
is important and needed? Here are our
convictions and beliefs on each of the above four points:
1. A Ministry that will Counsel
people Biblically and emphasize compassion and mercy to hurting individuals
need exists for counseling that believes in the complete sufficiency of the Scriptures
to solve any problem of living (2 Tim 3:16-17).
is a need for mercy with truth; truth without love is too hard, love without truth
is too soft. (Micah 6:8; Gal 4:16)
needs to occur that sees the Holy Spirit as the most important person involved in
counseling. It is not the counselor
or the counselee that is most important (Jn. 14:16-17; 16:7).
needs to aim at glorifying God, not just solving problems (Eph 1:6, 12, 14).
of the unsaved will not turn to the local church for help with their struggles,
but they will turn to a ministry like CCI (Acts 26:18).
is sovereign over our lives and desires us to become more like Jesus Christ through
our trials and difficulties (Rom. 8:28-29)
2. A Ministry of Training the
Church in Counseling
goal of this training is to equip the local church (and individuals) to do ministry
that is a biblical imperative (Eph 4:12).
has as its goal to come alongside and strengthen the Church since counseling is
an integral part of being a shepherd. (Acts 20:28-32; 14:22; 15:32, 41; 16:5).
3. A Ministry that will provide
Chaplain resources to businesses and organizations
Christian business owners see their role as not only providing employment for their
employees, but also a stewardship to care for them compassionately (cf. Eph. 6:9).
is difficult for these same owners or leaders to exercise this kind of care that
their employees need due to issues of discretion, comfort, and logistics.
of these employees are unaffiliated with any church, or are at best loosely connected
with a church.
Chaplain ministry where regular contact is made with these employees can bring compassionate
care to those who are suffering and either have nowhere to turn, or are turning
to the wrong resource.
4. A Ministry that will provide
Resources in Counseling
and ministry organizations need printed material, books and other media services
that will present a distinctly God-centered view of counseling.
They need to know where to look to find them.
and creation of topic specific materials that will address any problem of living
from a distinctly biblical worldview.
Background on our Executive
David D. Edgington:
(10) plus years of experience as an ordained full-time Senior Pastor
of Divinity with honors (cum laude).
of Arts in Theology with High Distinction and Doctorate in Theology with High Distinction.
theologian with a pastors heart who strives to be a scholar-shepherd
and networked in the Valley across denominations since 1992.
and desirous of working transdenominationally and seeing God glorified throughout
the body of Christ.
with NANC (National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (www.nanc.org) and IABC
(International Association of Biblical Counselors (www.iabc.net).
those who struggle with: Marital problems,
Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Suicide, Anger/Bitterness/ Forgiveness, Anxiety and
Fears, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), Panic Attacks, Abortion, Mental Health,
Parenting, ADHD, Sexual Immorality, Homosexuality, Self-injury/cutting, Gods
Sovereignty/Mans Trials, Addictions, Role of Husband and Wife, etc. (2 Pet 1:3-4:
1 Cor. 6:9-11)
trained over 100 church leaders around the world in Biblical Counseling through
missions work in Eastern Europe (Poland
Please send your tax-deductible
Compassionate Counselors, Inc.
1110 East Missouri Ave. Suite 400,
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
Compassionate Counselors, Inc.
is an approved 501 (c) 3 organization registered with the IRS and the state of
. All contributions are tax deductible
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