Hope, Help, and Peacemaking Grounded in God’s Word

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Essex Jct., VT 05453
(802) 879-1103

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Purpose Statement

The particular purpose of CCM is to bring glory and honor to the Triune God through promoting the ministry of biblical counseling and conciliation, by

1) providing such counseling for those who desire it, and

2) providing teaching and training in biblical counseling, both to individuals and churches. We consider mediation and arbitration to be forms of biblical counseling.

Standard of Conduct

PART 1: TRUSTEES AND COUNSELORS

A Christian leader must maintain the highest standard of personal conduct in doctrine and life (1 Tim. 4:16), both personally and professionally. Therefore, each CCM counselor or trustee must seek to live by the following principles:

1. He shall in all things seek to conform his faith and conduct to the standards of Scripture.

2. He serves in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, shall strive earnestly to live a godly life and avoid doing anything that would dishonor Christ or injure Christ's Church (1 Cor 10:31).

3. He shall seek unity in the body of Christ and make every effort to live at peace and to be reconciled with others (John 17:23; Rom 12:18; Eph 4:3).

4. He shall be in continuing fellowship within a Christian church and shall support and submit to its teaching, oversight, and discipline, unless there is a clear scriptural reason to do otherwise (Acts 4:19; 1 Thes 5:12; Heb 10:25; 13:17).

PART 2: COUNSELORS

Counseling is a ministry of the Word of God, and as such, must be carried out under its direction and authority in the following ways:

1. The CCM counselor must hold to the sufficiency of the Scriptures for the work of counseling; both theory and practice are to be grounded upon and structured by biblical principles. Furthermore, all data from secular research and theories must be understood and evaluated by biblical principles.

2. The counselor presents Christ to both believers and unbelievers as the only hope for true and lasting change. Evangelism is an appropriate and necessary part of biblical counseling. The counselor knows that personal growth, renewal, and conciliation require perseverance in faith and repentance--in mind, heart, and will. The counselor views and treats the counselee as a person who is made in God's image, responsible to God, and of incalculable value to him.

3. The counselor maintains a high view of the Church, and is a servant to the Church, which is an integral component of personal sanctification. Whenever possible, he shall work closely with other pastors and church leaders, especially those who have the responsibility of spiritual oversight for the counselee (Acts 20:28).

4. The counselor shall strive for a high level of excellence and professionalism in every aspect of his work. He shall maintain appropriate confidentiality; however, the counselor recognizes that confidentiality does not irrevocably prohibit him from providing information for the legitimate usage of state, medical, or church resources when required by law or when otherwise necessary.

Bylaws

RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES

This organization is committed to resolving all disputes in a biblical manner. This commitment is based on God's command that Christians should strive earnestly to live at peace with one another and, as far as possible, with those outside the church (see Matt. 5:9; John 17:20-23; Rom. 12:18; and Eph. 4:1-3). When disputes arise, Christians should resolve them according to the principles set forth in Holy Scripture (see Prov. 19:11; Matt. 5:23-25; 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Gal. 6:1). We believe that these commands and principles are obligatory on all Christians and absolutely essential for the well-being and work of churches and Christian organizations. Therefore, any and all disputes regarding CCM shall be resolved according to biblical principles, as provided in this bylaw. If a dispute arises within CCM between or among counselors, counselees, trustees, volunteers, churches, or other parties, it is agreed to earnestly pursue all biblical means to resolve the matter. If the dispute cannot be resolved through internal procedures, it shall be resolved as follows:

1. The dispute shall be submitted to mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, and judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction.

2. All mediators and arbitrators shall be in agreement with the Statement of Faith (Article I., Section A.) unless this requirement is modified or waived by all parties to the dispute. If a dispute involves an attempted revision of the Statement of Faith, the mediators and arbitrators shall be in agreement with those documents as they existed prior to the attempted revision.

3. This section covers this organization as a corporate entity and its agents, including its counselors, trustees, staff, and volunteers with regard to any actions they may take in their official capacities.

4. This section covers any and all disputes or claims arising from or related to doctrine, policy, practice, counseling, decisions, actions, or failures to act, including claims based on civil statute or for personal injury.

5. By entering into counseling, employment, or volunteering for this organization, all participants agree that these methods shall provide the sole remedy for any dispute arising against the organization and its agents, and they waive their right to file any legal action against the organization in a civil court or agency, except to enforce an arbitration decision.

6. If a dispute or claim involves an alleged injury or damage to which the organization's insurance applies, and if the organization's insurer refuses to submit to mediation or arbitration as described in this section, either the organization or the party alleging the injury or damage may declare that this section is no longer binding with regard to that part of the dispute or claim to which the organization's insurance applies.