ACCFS Charter and Mission
Helping the Hurting • Nurturing Hope • Encouraging Growth
ACCFS Charter (166 kb)
We will nurture, through counseling and teaching, the spiritual well-being of individuals through God’s Word as it relates to their emotional, relational, and mental health needs (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2). Our goal is to alleviate suffering and to promote Christian maturity so that people can grow in their likeness to Christ, experience a deeper relationship with God, and enter into a more effective life of service to others. The Bible is our authority (1 Thessalonians 2:13) as we apply the gifts that God gives to man (Romans 12:5-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11). The services provided will support and strengthen the local elder’s shepherding, the brotherhood of the Apostolic Christian Church, and those not affiliated with the church, as resources allow.
We are God’s creation and obedience to His Word leads to healthy lives and relationships (Psalm 19:7-8). Licensed and lay counselors provide the counseling. Counseling is consistent with biblical principles (Psalm 119:105) and includes instruction, discipling, mentoring, and accountability to God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services is structured to support the local elders’ responsibility in caring for those in their congregations. ACCFS services support local church leadership and local church membership.
- Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services is under the oversight of the Elder Body.
- Services are provided in a way that is consistent with Apostolic Christian Church doctrine and practices as articulated in the Statement of Faith.
- As appropriate and feasible, services are made available to the entire denomination.
- Staff are members of the Apostolic Christian Church and have the support of their local elder.
- We believe in the authority of God's Word and recognize the importance of emphasizing grace while not minimizing sin.
- We believe in the diversity of gifts within the Body of Christ and use spiritual and clinical counsel to offer healing and hope to hurting individuals.
- We recognize that people are complex spiritual, biological, psychological, and social beings and thus seek to promote their well-being in these areas using the gifts of counseling and teaching.
- Access to services is provided regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.
- In order to promote godly, healthy living and to minimize needless suffering, our services emphasize prevention, early intervention, education, and enrichment.
- Referrals may be made to other professional services when appropriate.
Scope of Services (Galatians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
Services will be developed and made available locally, regionally, and nationally as appropriate and feasible to the brotherhood and friends of the Apostolic Christian Church. Services will be made available to others as resources allow. These services will be based on a spiritual and professional model of care and will include counseling services, educational resources, consultations, and human resource development.
Counseling Services (Galatians 6:2)
- Provide advice or guidance based on biblical principles to help people who are struggling with personal issues that interfere with their relationship with God, with their fellow man, and with their peace.
- Services will include individual, family, marriage, and group counseling.
- Assessment/assignment/referral based on needs.
- Assist congregations in identifying appropriate local non-Apostolic Christian counselors.
Educational Resources (Ephesians 4:11-12; John 17:17)
- Provide information and resources (presentations, programs, hand-outs, and books) to assist the brotherhood in living a sanctified life in obedience to God’s Word and strengthening their relationship with God and their fellow man.
- Provide presentations based on needs in local congregations.
- Provide resources and materials to assist elders and ministers in their counseling and nurturing responsibilities.
- Develop new materials.
- Screen and/or revise existing materials (such as Crown Financial Ministries, Way of Purity, etc.).
- Maintain website.
- As needed, facilitate local, regional, or national support groups to accommodate specific brotherhood issues.
- Provide resources and materials for elders desiring to utilize local brethren to provide services.
Consultations (Proverbs 19:20)
- Provide advice and direction to individuals in need and/or those involved with them.
- Consultations would be available to ministers, elders, and others.
- These services may be conducted in person, by phone, or by email.
Development of Human Resources (Ephesians 4:11-12)
- Provide guidance and counsel to spiritually mature brethren who feel God is leading them into counseling.
- Assist local elders in identifying and developing lay brethren who could assist in counseling.
- Provide mentoring of students in counseling programs.
Serving Apostolic Christian Missions (Isaiah 50:4, Galatians 6:10)
- Provide guidance and counsel to those who are on the mission field as well as those considering the mission field.
- Support Apostolic Christian Mission agencies (screening assessments and consulting).
- Support Apostolic Christian Mission teams/individuals (training and counseling).
ACCFS Alignment to the 4 Pillars of the Church Mission
1st Pillar: To present to the lost the Gospel message of salvation based on faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and a true repentance and conversion (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 3:19; Ephesians 2:8).
- Some parents need assistance with concerns of young and adult unconverted children and issues which may make it difficult to repent.
2nd Pillar: To teach and nurture the believers toward a sanctified life and to faithfulness by God’s grace and through His Word (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:12, 5:26-27).
- From the ACCFS Mission statement: We will nurture, through counseling and teaching, the spiritual well-being of individuals through God’s Word as it relates to their emotional, relational, and mental health needs (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:2).
- Some believers need counseling when they are hurting because of difficulties in their lives.
- Such persons are not living an abundant life in Christ because of their hurt.
- Family services provide direct nurturing through help with marriage, parenting, and financial management.
- Proactively teaching family skills will reduce future counseling needs.
- This teaching includes training local brothers to be able to nurture others in their home congregations.
3rd Pillar: To preserve sound doctrine by contending for the faith (Jude 3; Acts 20:27; 1 Timothy 4:16).
- From the ACCFS Mission statement: The services provided will support and strengthen the local elder’s shepherding and the brotherhood of the Apostolic Christian Church.
- Troubled souls sometimes need help to understand our biblically-based practices.
- Teaching can be developed for specific groups that are struggling with our practices (e.g., older single members).
4th Pillar: To offer loving, humble deeds of service to fellow believers and all mankind in the name of Christ (Galatians 5:13, 6:10; Philippians 2:7).
- From the ACCFS Mission statement: Our goal is to alleviate suffering and promote Christian maturity so that people can enter into a richer experience of worship of God and a more effective life of service.
- The unfortunate, both among us and those who are our neighbors, are in need of multiple kinds of assistance (Galatians 6:9-10).