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The following are common questions related to The Father’s Heart Counseling Ministry and the services we provide.  Click on any item listed below for responses to a question. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.


1.  If I decide to come for ministry, what would a typical day look like?


2.  I’m not sure if I really need counseling ministry.  Can you assist me in

     making this decision?


3.  What if I am already seeing a counselor in my area?


4.  We’re having difficulty in our marriage.  Should we come to your  

     ministry?


5.   Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?


6.   Are you licensed and do you accept insurance?


7.   What is the cost to receive ministry?


8.   Do you ever teach at workshops or conferences?


9.   If I come and stay at your facility, do you provide food as well as

      lodging?


10. Have you ministered to very many people and have there been good

       results from that ministry?

 

1.  If I decide to come for ministry, what would a typical day look like?

The ministry that occurs would vary somewhat, depending on the scheduling option you selected.  All individuals who come for ministry are required to submit completed documents (see ministry forms) which will provide us with information on potential issues that may be important and need to be addressed during the ministry time.  As mentioned in the methodology section of this web site, our focus of ministry, whether working with an individual or a married couple, is to identify the root issues and seek healing in those areas.  In addition to the written questionnaire, we find it valuable when the counselee is able to respond to questions we would ask in the actual time together.  It is during these times that the Holy Spirit often reveals insights that are essential for effective ministry to follow.  If an individual has chosen a ministry option that involves two or more days of ministry, we will generally schedule four hours of direct ministry contact time each day.  There may be other assignments that are required during the additional time available, including time for such things as pertinent reading, listening to or watching relevant material, rest, meditation and recreation, as appropriate.  Each visit will be tailored to the needs of each person.  (Top of Page)

2.  I’m not sure if I really need counseling ministry.  Can you assist me in       making this decision?

Making the decision to pursue counseling ministry is a personal decision and should incorporate various factors.  It may be helpful in that process to review the counseling self-assessment questions found on this web site to assist you in your decision.  (Top of Page)

3.  What if I am already seeing a counselor in my area?

We believe that coming for intensive ministry here at The Father’s Heart Ministry can be a definite benefit to those already in counseling.  Due to the focused and intensive nature of this type of ministry—particularly when someone comes for multiple days—there is a possibility of achieving a breakthrough on important issues that may serve to accelerate the work occurring with an existing counselor.  If desired and with signed consent, we would welcome input from your counselor in advance of your time spent with us, and we would provide your counselor with appropriate feedback from the ministry that occurs.  (Top of Page)

4.  We’re having difficulty in our marriage.  Should we come to your

      ministry?

Yes, we work with couples who are having marital difficulties, and we welcome you here to receive ministry.  However, our focus primarily will be on the most important root issues that are operating within each of you, and we will focus less on the current “here and now” issues.  We do not ignore dealing with areas that may help improve the marital relationship (i.e. communication techniques, etc.); however, we will spend a greater amount of time ministering to the needs of each individual (with our without the spouse present).  It is during this type of ministry that we may forego the team ministry approach at times and work independently to be able to minister to the husband and wife simultaneously.  (Top of Page)  

5.  Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

No, The Father’s Heart Ministry is trans-denominational in nature.  Individuals have come to this ministry from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds.  If you would like to know our foundational beliefs, please refer to the Statements of Faith section on this web site.  (Top of Page)

6.  Are you licensed and do you accept insurance?

No, we are not licensed professional counselors.  We have had equivalent training to obtain counseling licensure; however, we have chosen to function as Biblically-based pastoral counselors or ministers.  As a result, medical insurance will not typically cover this type of ministry.  (Top of Page)

7.  What is the cost to receive ministry? 

The Father’s Heart Ministry is solely supported by contributions for Christian counseling and training and from gifts to the ministry.  We have established a suggested contribution amount for each ministry option available.  Please refer to the scheduling options section of this web site for this specific information.  (Top of Page)

8.  Do you ever teach at workshops or conferences?

Teaching and training as well as corporate worship is a very important component of The Father’s Heart Ministry.  We have conducted seminars and conferences on various topics in various settings, and are available to consider such invitations in the future.  We have been particularly interested in working with college student age individuals to help them find greater freedom and to fulfill their God-given destiny.  In addition, we have conducted worship gatherings in many different environments, and we desire to continue that involvement in the future.  We also strongly believe that healing and freedom are facilitated in an environment of worship.  (Top of Page)   

9.  If I come and stay at your facility, do you provide food as well as

      lodging?

The Father’s Heart Ministry is located in the picturesque North Georgia Mountains, and we have a beautiful and private living facility for overnight guests (see setting and photo gallery sections on this web site).  We provide the essential kitchen condiments; however, it is the responsibility of each guest to purchase or bring their own food or select to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.  If guests choose to cook their own meals, they have access to a full kitchen within their private lodging facility.  Also, all linens are provided.  (Top of Page)

10.  Have you ministered to very many people and have there been good         results from that ministry?

The Father’s Heart Ministry has literally ministered to hundreds of individuals since its inception in 1995.  We welcome you to review the testimonials provided in this web site from just a few that have experienced the Lord’s healing through this ministry.  (Top of Page)

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