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Category Archives: Local Church Ministry

5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

In the book of Titus, Paul writes to a young man and charges him to appoint elders in every church in Crete. He tells him what kind of man to look for and as he does this he gives a glimpse of the anti-elder, the kind of man who may seek the office but who is absolutely unsuited to it. Continue reading

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What Changes for a Church when Counseling Becomes Formal?

What does it mean for a church to have a “counseling ministry”? It is one thing to say “we all do counseling every day when we hear each other’s struggles and seek to offer comfort or guidance from the Bible” and another thing to say “our church has a counseling ministry and we would be happy to help you schedule an appointment with a member of our counseling team.” Continue reading

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Mental Illness and Faith-Based Counseling

I have been hesitant to weigh in on the recent debate related to faith-based counseling and mental illness because it is not an easy issue to address in a blog or short amount of time. However the more I read, the more I am compelled to share some insights from my journey as a trained psychologist who now practices as a biblical counselor. Continue reading

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Leadership Styles and the Heart of Conflict

How does leadership style make things either more conducive to conflict or a healthier atmosphere of conflict resolution? Does the biblical theme of the heart connect in any way to our leadership style and personality? Let’s learn how practicing the characteristics and demeanor of a shepherd is a biblical corrective to out of balance leadership styles. Continue reading

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The Discipline of the Lord

As we think through conflicts in the church, believers are not left without comfort. We are reminded that we should view hardship as discipline, and discipline comes to those that God loves. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Church Discipline, Faith, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering | Tags: , , ,

5 Strands in a Web of Care: Internal Resources

When we think about caring for people within the context of the local church, the image of a web is helpful. We want to create a web of care so that people find it hard to hide, get lost, slip away, or fall through the cracks. Continue reading

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Why Counseling in the Local Church?

The mission of the BCC is to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Today we use our BCC “megaphone” to highlight an excellent new video by the ACBC’s Executive Director, Heath Lambert. Heath addresses the important issue of why counseling is such a vital and integral part of the regular life of the local church. Continue reading

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The Man Behind the Curtain

At a time when the news and the blogosphere is filled with painful stories of church conflict, believers are not left without clear direction from Scripture. A God-honoring response will always be a loving one. Continue reading

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Pursuit, Forgiveness, and Church Discipline

Matthew 18 and “the church discipline process” are bookended with wisdom related to forgiveness and grace. How do these two bookends impact the application and implementation of church discipline? Continue reading

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RESTful Meetings

“Let’s get some ‘rest’ by having a meeting.” Normally, we would never make that statement, would we? The phrase, “restful meetings” does not have to be an oxymoron. “Rest” and “meetings” can and should go hand-in-hand. Ministry teams can and should become small groups. Ministry meetings can become small group meetings where everyone leaves rested and energized. Continue reading

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The BCC exists to strengthen churches, para-church organizations, and educational institutions by promoting excellence and unity in biblical counseling as a means to accomplish compassionate outreach and effective discipleship.