I often mention third party help, but I have never had a good place to send folks for that. I have made a couple of tries to compile a list, but that has not been successful. So, I was excited when we were contacted by Gospel Guidance.
Gospel Guidance has set up a way for Christian Counselors, Ministers, and Life Coaches to connect with people on-line. The system makes it easy and safe for both those looking for help and those offering help. A rating system and the ability to chat free before you sign up means you should be able to find the help you need with someone with whom you connect.
The obvious question would be “Is on-line help any good?” A growing number of studies say yes, it is as good, sometimes even better than face-to-face therapy. I have seen similar claims for on-line coaching, and while I have not seen a solid study, I assume on-line ministry would be the same. There are some significant advantages to doing these things on-line:
- Generally less expensive (lower overhead).
- No travel time or hassle.
- Better anonymity, which can be important especially for issues of marriage, sex, and addiction.
If you have experience with on-line help, good or bad, I’d love to hear from you. You can say something in the comments, or use the contact form (use a fake email if you want – firstname.lastname@example.org for example). Part of why I ask is I am thinking about signing up as an advisor with Gospel Guidance and I would really like to get some input from those who have been on the receiving end of such help.
If you are looking for help check out Gospel Guidance – it may be a huge blessing!