Consent to Receive Kingdom Church Direction and Encouragement *
Our Goal: KEMC’s goal in providing Christian direction and encouragement is to help meet the challenges of life in a manner that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and enable you to enjoy His love for you and His plans for your life.
Biblical Basis: We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for living one’s life through faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Therefore, our direction and encouragement is based on scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry. Neither KEMC’s pastoral staff nor its lay Encouragers are trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists.
Not Professional Advice: Some of our Encouragers work in professional fields outside the church. When serving as Encouragers or advisors under the authority of KEMC, however, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do in their professional capacities. Therefore, if you have significant legal, financial, medical, or other technical problems, you should seek advice from an independent professional. Our pastoral and lay Encouragers will be happy to cooperate with such advisors and help you consider their counsel in light of relevant scriptural principles.
Confidentiality: Confidentiality is an important aspect of KEMC’s direction and encouragement process. We will carefully safeguard the information you entrust to us. However, there are five situations when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others: First, certain kinds of behavior (for example: child abuse, criminal activity, etc.) require that the applicable legal authority be informed; Second, when an Encourager is uncertain how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another KEMC pastor or elder; Third, if you attend a church other than KEMC and it becomes necessary to speak to your pastor or church elders; Fourth, when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene; and Fifth, if you persistently refuse to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; Matthew 18:15-20). Please be assured that KEMC’s pastors and Encouragers strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
Resolution of Conflicts: On rare occasions a conflict may develop between the one who requests direction and encouragement and a KEMC pastor or Encourager. In order to insure that any such conflict will be resolved in a biblically faithful manner, we require all of those who seek KEMC direction and encouragement to agree that any dispute which arises between the one seeking KEMC direction and encouragement and KEMC or a KEMC pastor or a KEMC Encourager will be settled by mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Discipline of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Agreement: By signing this Consent, you agree that you will not attempt to subpoena or require any KEMC representative to appear in any legal proceeding related to matters discussed during any session between you and a KEMC representative involving your request for direction and/or encouragement, nor will you attempt to subpoena any notes or records related to your request for direction and/or encouragement.