At Families Forward Counseling Services our faith is the driving force behind everything we do.
We do not force our faith on anyone but offer to them the love that Jesus demonstrates for all of us. The love of Christ is what gives our staff the energy, motivation and grace to help families who are struggling and looking for answers. Some people who attend our programs are not always seeking God for answers and we respect and honor their space.
Our goal is to create an atmosphere of acceptance and safety for everyone who is involved with Families Forward. Our faith is lived out in the way that we care for individuals and their families.
We believe that each person is capable of learning, growing and taking steps to move their Families Forward.
"The Family is a crucial institution. It affects everyone, for good or ill. By its very nature it can be the place where one experiences and learns intimacy, love and growth, or it can be the place where one experiences and learns resentment, abuse and destructive behavior." (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary)
Statement of Faith
As an organization, Families Forward believes:
In one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally co-existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired and trustworthy Word of God, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human beings, and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks.
That human nature derives from two historical persons, male and female, created in God’s image. They were created perfect, but they sinned, plunging themselves and all human beings into sin, guilt, suffering, and death.
That the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection provide the only grounds for justification, forgiveness, and salvation for all who believe, and only those who trust in Him alone are born of the Holy Spirit, true members of the Church, and will spend eternity with Christ.
That the Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration and renewal for believers in Christ, that He makes the presence of Jesus Christ real in believers, and that He comforts, guides, convicts, and enables believers to live in ways that honor Him.
That ministry to persons also acknowledges the complexity of humans as physical, psychological, social, and spiritual beings. The ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.