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If you are facing a particular situation or struggle in your life that seems difficult to cope with or overcome, we would love to sit down and talk with you about how we can help.
Galatians 6:1-2; James 1:2-5

Here to help

Biblical Soul Care happens as we encourage and support one another in small groups, but also in a more formal setting with mentors or trained biblical counsellors as needed.

Core Values of
Biblical Soul Care

Christ Centred

The person of Christ, his preeminence, the gift of his life given to us
Colossians 1:15-20

Biblically Grounded with Truth & Grace

We get principles for life and godliness from the Bible and we want to give counsel that is a blend of both truth and grace.
John 1:14

Spirit-led

The real counsellor is God who meets us through his Spirit. We want to be careful to give heed to his guidance and not simply let our experience dominate the direction for our counsel.
John 6:63

Prayer Saturated

Humility and dependence on God are shown most clearly through prayer. We want to practice and model both humility and dependence throughout the counselling process.
Colossians 4:2

Community Based

God calls us to live life in the context of his people. Care, encouragement, exhortation, and healing happen most fruitfully in the church community.
Hebrews 10:24-25

What can I expect?

Our desire is to come alongside you during a time of trial. Biblical Soul Care is built to lovingly care for and help carry the burdens of people (Galatians 6:1-2; James 1:2-5). The purpose of Biblical Soul Care is to engage the Body of Christ to walk and support one another by encouraging the involvement of advocates and your connection to small group whenever possible. Most importantly you can expect to be ministered towards our ultimate hope, Jesus Christ.

I Need Counselling

We all at various times have needed or will need counsel. Is your family going through a life-altering trial? Are you wrestling with an area of sin in your life? Is someone else’s sin affecting you? Are you struggling to cope with the consequences of a past you’d rather forget? Or do you just need help and hope?

Some Issues We Counsel:

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Betrayal
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Marriage conflict/issues
  • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
  • Pornography
  • Self-harm
  • Much more...
Who is eligible to receive counselling?
  • Any individual or couple who are already regular attendees or members of Hope Bible Church Markham and are also faithfully attending a Hope Small Group
  • Any individual or couple who commits to attending Hope Bible Church Markham regularly and joining a Hope Small Group
How Do I Get Help?
  • If you are in a small group, share your situation with your small group leader(s). They may be able to give you the counsel you need to see healing, change, and victory.
  • If more help is needed, your small group leader may ask you if you would like to be referred to your small group flock leader or receive formal Biblical Soul Care counselling.
  • Anyone wanting formal Biblical Soul Care counselling, can send an email to markh@hopemarkham.ca or call (905) 475- 7695 to talk to Mark directly. You will have an opportunity to discuss your situation and how we can help you best.  If formal counselling or mentoring is appropriate, you will be matched with a counsellor or mentor after an initial intake appointment.  If you are not currently in a Hope Small Group, you will be asked to join one.
What can you expect from us?
  • We are not licensed counsellors, therapists, psychiatrists, or psychologists.
  • We are compassionate BSC staff and volunteers trained at various levels in biblical counselling and theology. We want to intentionally, lovingly walk alongside hurting people who are taking a courageous step of faith in sharing their problems and pain with us.
  • Our counsel is based solely on God’s Word, which is sufficient to handle any issue of life.
What do we expect from you while in counselling?
  • Attend weekend services every week at Hope Bible Church Markham
  • Be in or join a Hope Markham Small Group
  • Have an advocate (see below)
  • Complete assigned homework
  • Serve here at Hope Markham
What is an Advocate?

Lasting change takes place in community.

Christians were never meant to live in isolation. In fact, God intended the community of believers to help one another in making lasting change for the glory of God (Romans 15:1-2, Ephesians 4: 11-16, Philippians 2:1-4). Because we believe that transformational change happens in the community of believers, we ask that all counsellees bring an advocate with them to their counselling sessions.

An advocate is someone who:

  • Loves God
  • Firmly believes in the sufficiency of God’s Word
  • Is available to attend counselling session with the counsellee
  • Prays for and with the counsellee before, during, and after the sessions
  • Reminds the counsellee of what they were taught
  • Encourages the counsellee
  • Holds the counsellee accountable
  • Helps the counsellee complete the assigned homework

Advocates are an amazing addition to formal counselling. They can be a life-giving part in the change process for the counsellee as they walk through the valley alongside the hurting person. If they have history with the counsellee, they can provide important context that would otherwise be unavailable to the counsellor.

Two additional notes on advocacy:
  1. Our counsellors will help with the selection of and give final approval to the advocates. Ideally, we desire advocates to get a recommendation from a leader within the community of Hope Bible Church Markham. This is important as we are looking to leverage the power of mature believers who will not judge but will intentionally pray, encourage, challenge, or even rebuke the counselee instead of being enablers, or flesh-sympathizers.
  2. As a general rule, first-degree relatives (spouses, parents, siblings, etc.) don’t make for good advocates. We have seen that people who live both roles struggle to remain objective which may hinder the counselling process.  Again, our counsellors will try to discern with you if your initial choice is a good fit.
What is Baptism?

At Hope Bible Church Markham, we practice two ordinances – baptism and communion. We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Water baptism is a public acknowledgment that the person is no longer dead in his/her sins, but now is alive in Christ. Although baptism is not required for salvation, it is commanded of all believers and is for believers only (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41; Acts 18:18). Scripture shows that a person was baptized after personally receiving forgiveness of sin through accepting Jesus Christ. The waters of baptism are a symbol of our death, burial, and resurrection to newness of life that happens when we become a new creation in Christ (Colossians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:1-4).