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Biblical Counseling Coalition: Grace & Truth

Category Archives: Local Church Ministry

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

Topics: Church Discipline, Forgiveness, Local Church Ministry, Pastoral Resources, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , ,

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

Topics: Discipleship, Equipping, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Small Group Ministry | Tags: , , , , ,

Redemption Groups and Biblical Counseling

You’re reading the third of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry. These posts help us to ponder the intersection of one-another ministry through biblical counseling and one-another ministry through small group community. You will also find posts in this series by Lee Lewis, Garrett Higbee, and Ken Long. In today’s post, Mike Wilkerson provides practical ideas for connecting biblical counseling and small group ministry. Continue reading

Topics: Discipleship, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Small Group Ministry | Tags: , , ,

Are You Competent to Counsel?

You’re reading the second of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry. These posts help us to ponder the intersection of one-another ministry through biblical counseling and one-another ministry through small group community. You will also find posts in this series by Lee Lewis (embed link), Garrett Higbee, and Mike Wilkerson. In today’s post, Pastor Ken Long explores the purpose of small group ministry. Continue reading

Topics: Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Small Group Ministry | Tags: , , ,

Bear With One Another: Opportunities for Biblical Counseling in the Context of Gospel-Centered Community

You’re reading the first of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry. These posts help us to ponder the intersection of one-another ministry through biblical counseling and one-another ministry through small group community. You will also find posts in this series by Ken Long, Garrett Higbee, and Mike Wilkerson. In today’s post, Pastor Lee Lewis explores how Gospel-centered one-another ministry in small groups can become an agent of grace. Continue reading

Topics: Conflict, Discipleship, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Small Group Ministry | Tags: , , ,

The Lord Blesses Us with More!: A BC Movement Update

You’re reading the fourth of a several-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Updates on the Biblical Counseling Movement. We’ve asked several leaders of major biblical counseling organizations to share with you—our readers—what is happening in their ministries. In today’s post, Pastor Steve Viars reflects on God’s blessing of the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

Weekend Resource: Beyond the Suffering: Learning from the Legacy of the Black Church

On weekends, we frequently alert you to recently-posted new resources for your life and ministry. Today we highlight a free PDF from Dr. Bob Kellemen’s book, Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction. The PDF is from chapter 6 of the book, “The Old Ship of Zion.” Continue reading

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Heroes of Black Church History: Daniel Alexander Payne and Lemuel Haynes

You’re reading Part Three in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog series for Black History Month. These diverse posts all share in common a passion to help us to learn from the legacy of Black Church history. Today, in Part Three, Dr. Bob Kellemen encourages us to consider the legacy of and the lessons we can learn from founding fathers of the Black Church. Dr. Kellemen has excerpted these posts from materials in his book Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care. Continue reading

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About the BCC

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.