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New Advanced Theology Track

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. This weekend we do so by alerting you to some exciting and important news just released by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

New Year, New Advanced Track

Starting in the Spring of 2015, ACBC will begin offering an Advanced Theology Track at our regional training events. This track will equip counselors to better understand how theology relates to counseling.

For those interested in ACBC certification, the new Advanced Theology Track will cover all of the material that is needed for completing the theology exam. This unique track will serve as an excellent resource for those involved in phase two of certification.

The Advanced Theology Track will be offered at the following 2015 regional training events:

Click here to learn more about the New Advanced Track

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Friday’s 5 to Live By

Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

Randy Alcorn takes up an interesting topic—one that many of us may assume we know the biblical answer to—Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances? In part Alcorn writes:

I’ve heard countless inheritance horror stories over the years. Study the lives of people who have inherited significant wealth and you’ll find that in the vast majority of cases, it’s made them more unhappy, greedy, and cynical. Who needs to work hard when you’ve got all that money? Money funds new temptations, including addictions. Giving money to a careless spender is throwing gasoline on a fire. And nothing divides siblings more quickly than a large inheritance. Leaving more to God’s kingdom and less to financially independent children is not just an act of love toward God, but toward them.

Andrew Carnegie said, ‘The almighty dollar bequeathed to a child is an almighty curse. No man has the right to handicap his son with such a burden as great wealth.’ Cornelius Vanderbilt said, ‘Inherited wealth is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to morality.’ Henry Ford stated, ‘Fortunes tend to self-destruction by destroying those who inherit them.’

More important, God says, ‘An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end’ (Proverbs 20:21, NIV). Wise parents can leave enough to their children and grandchildren to be helpful without leaving them so much as to hurt them.”

Read the rest here.

Assessing the State of Your Church

Trevin Wax provides excellent, practical, biblical, heart-centered, gospel-focused counsel for Assessing the State of Your Church.

Our Desperate Need to Live Through Christ

We all want to be like Christ. We all desire to grow by grace in our sanctification. Where is God’s power for our growth? Dr. Bob Kellemen addresses this vital question in Our Desperate Need to Live Through Christ.

What Is Practical Atheism?

R.C. Sproul asks and answers the question, What Is Practical Atheism?

What God Can Do in Five Seconds

John Piper addresses What God Can Do in Five Seconds.

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Which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?

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Gospel-Centered Discipleship: Ministry Update

Gospel-Centered Discipleship--Ministry Update

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. We also enjoy using our megaphone to advance the ministry of like-minded ministries—like today’s post from Brandon Smith with some important news from the ministry of Gospel-Centered Discipleship. You can also read today’s post, which we are re-posting with permission, at the GCD site here.

Gospel-Centered Discipleship exists to publish resources that help make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus. In their own words: “You may have noticed that there are a lot of resources available for theological education, church planting, and missional church, but not for discipleship. We noticed too, so we started GCD to address the need for reliable resources on a whole range of discipleship issues.” To learn more about Gospel-Centered Discipleship, visit their About Us Page.

(Re)Introducing the Gospel-Centered Discipleship’s New Executive Director, Brad Watson

When I (Brandon Smith) took the helm at Gospel-Centered Discipleship in 2013, I saw great potential in the ministry’s ability to continue its already stellar reputation for resourcing churches to make, mature, and multiply disciples. Since then, our site traffic has continued to improve, GCD Books has grown exponentially, and our staff has expanded.

Further, the Director role at GCD expanded to Executive Director, shifting from managing articles and social media to vision-casting, fundraising, and oversight of our incredibly talented staff. We also created a more official Board to advise the Executive Director. Needless to say, we are thankful for all God has done over the past two years.

I took over as Director for Brad Watson in 2013, and he’s been a faithful member of the Board ever since. In Board meetings, he always seems to find a way to offer the most practical, gospel-driven solution to our biggest concerns about the ministry. After extensive prayer and considering several candidates, we believe that God kept Brad around for a reason. When looking at the qualifications for Executive Director, the Board decided that it was clear: Brad needs to retake the helm. He is one of the most God-honoring, visionary leaders that I know, and we are overjoyed to have him back in the day-to-day of GCD!

In case you don’t know him, Brad serves as a pastor of Bread & Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon, and is co-author with Jonathan Dodson of Raised? and Called Together. His greatest passion is to encourage and equip leaders for the mission of making disciples, and this is evident if you spend any time with him. His love for Jesus feeds into his love for the Church, which feeds into his love for making disciples, which feeds into his love for GCD.

Please pray for Brad and for GCD as he begins as Executive Director of GCD this week, and as I (Brandon Smith) step into my new role as a Board member. Thank you for your love and support of GCD.

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How has the ministry of Gospel-Centered Discipleship impacted your life and ministry?

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The Power of the Gospel: The Baylight Counseling Story

The Power of the Gospel--The Baylight Counseling Story

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Each day this week our megaphone will help you learn more about a vital biblical counseling ministry—like today’s post from Joshua Waulk of Baylight Counseling.

Christ-Centered Hope and Healing

Baylight Counseling is a new and developing, donor-supported biblical counseling ministry located in Clearwater, Florida. Founded in May 2013, the mission of Baylight is to provide clinically-informed, biblical soul care for Christ-centered hope and healing.

The vision involves growing partnerships with local churches that serve as a referral base for the ministry, and eventually providing training in biblical counseling for the building up of one-another ministry in local congregations. As the Founder and Executive Director, my passion is to help people make the connection between the power of the Gospel for life-transformation and the life-dominating issues they face.

Discovering My Calling

The concept of starting a counseling ministry began several years prior to my selecting the MABC program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). As a career police officer, I spent many hours working with couples in troubled marriages, and evaluating suicidal persons for involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. With the encouragement of family and friends, I retired from law enforcement after seventeen years, and began my seminary education to pursue vocational ministry. It was at SEBTS that I met Dr. Robert Jones, Dr. Sam Williams, and Brad Hambrick. These men introduced me to biblical counseling. I knew right away that I had discovered my ministry calling.

After completing a significant number of program hours, and with the help of some key people, I began laying the administrative foundation for what would become Baylight Counseling. One of the hurdles for me was that in many ways, biblical counseling had not yet penetrated the Tampa Bay area as a well-known or well-understood counseling option. For this reason, I had few, if any local resources to turn to for help.

Fortunately, when it came time to complete mentored internships, God provided me with connections to men like Dr. Ron Allchin of the Biblical Counseling Center in Chicago. Dr. Allchin was instrumental in helping me complete my MABC internship requirements, and provided me with tremendous insight with counseling cases I began taking on as a graduate level intern. As I enter the spring semester at SEBTS in 2015, I’m just twelve credit hours shy of graduation and will soon enter the final phase of ACBC certification.

Celebrating What God Has Accomplished

Here at the end of 2014, I’m celebrating what God has accomplished through this counseling ministry start-up. Several local churches and pastors were intrigued by the vision I shared with them at the beginning. Their investment of trust in Baylight helped make it possible for this ministry to provide over 300 counseling hours this year alone, and all of that while I served a local church in a part-time pastoral role. Within those hours, we saw hurting marriages helped, abuse victims comforted, and parents of struggling teens encouraged.

As we enter 2015, I’m looking forward to seeing counseling hours increase as I devote myself fully to the ministry, and as more couples and individuals seek the biblical counsel they need and rightly desire. Hardly a day or week goes by now that I do not hear from a new person seeking assistance at Baylight Counseling.

It’s truly an honor to serve within the biblical counseling movement and to be associated with the people who lead the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Many people have and continue to contribute materially to the development of this ministry and my own growth as a biblical counselor. It’s my prayer that God would continue to bless their efforts and sacrifice so that believers and non-believers alike would hear the Good News in the context of their sin and suffering and how it is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe.

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How is the power of the gospel at work in your life and ministry?

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Trusting God in a Year of Surprises and Challenges: The Word of Hope Ministries Story

Trusting God in a Year of Surprises and Challenges--The Word of Hope Ministries Story

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Each day this week our megaphone will help you learn more about a vital biblical counseling ministry—like today’s post from Ellen Castillo, Executive Director of Word of Hope Ministries.

Word of Hope Ministries provides biblical counseling on the Central Coast of California as well as online. They also provide biblical counseling training for men and women locally. In addition to counseling and counseling training, their heartbeat is for intergenerational ministry. They believe this is at its best in the context of the local church. They are passionate about serving the younger generations; because of this they also provide a unique Biblical Mentor Training course for women. You can learn more about Word of Hope Ministries by visiting their About Page. To access their Biblical Mentor Training, please visit here.

Reflections on Year-End Reflections…

Year-end reflections are beneficial for a variety of reasons:

  • It is good to look at where we have been fruitful as a ministry (although difficult to determine exactly how to measure fruit.)
  • It can be just as good to look at areas that could use improvement.
  • It is very important to look at whether or not we have fulfilled the mission that God has called us to.
  • Most importantly it is critical to look at the year in review so that we maintain a heart of gratitude. We must never forget that anything good that comes from our ministries is from God. Anything that needs improvement is also from God as He works sovereignly in our lives and in the lives of those we serve. We are simply stewards over what He has entrusted us.

A Pivotal Year

Word of Hope Ministries found 2014 to be a pivotal year. It was a year full of surprises, challenges, and gratitude.

In the past year, we have gone from being a one-woman counseling ministry to becoming an approved 501c3 nonprofit organization with a great Board of Directors to lead us into the coming years of ministry. Our heart’s desire is to spread the ministry of biblical counseling and training throughout our local region where there is a great need for biblical help for those who are struggling in our churches and in our community. We also have a desire to help and train people globally through our online presence.

Surprises  

At the beginning of 2014, our newly developed Board discussed the need for more counselors to work with Word of Hope Ministries locally. At that time, we planned to encourage those we knew who were interested in biblical counseling to look into getting training somewhere on their own. We had no intention of providing training ourselves because we never thought of it as an option. Through a series of circumstances, God revealed a bigger plan than ours.

By the end of the 2014, we completed the first portion of a biblical counseling training class with 16 men and women in attendance! We also became approved as an IABC (International Association of Biblical Counselors) Training Center as God opened that unexpected door.

It has also been a surprise as a biblical counselor (whose priority ministry is to help hurting people) to find myself learning how to be a businesswoman and nonprofit leader. This was never in my plan, and I would not be doing this without the nudging from my Board and a clear calling from God. An even bigger surprise is how much I am enjoying learning about the business end of things!

We should never really be surprised that God surpasses our dreams and goals:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).

Challenges

Our biggest current need is for male counselors. We often turn couples and men away due to our lack of a male counselor in our local area. We also have a need for more female counselors. We hope that some of our training students will move on to certification in order to serve alongside us in the coming year or two. We appreciate prayers for our training students and students everywhere who desire to serve in one-another ministry.

Finances are also challenging. The reality is that it takes funding to run a 501c3 ministry. This is an area we hope to learn more about and focus on carefully in the coming year. Please pray for us and many other smaller ministries like us who are in need of provision to fulfill their mission.

We hope to add one or two more Board members who are savvy business people with marketing talents. We offer some resources for counselors and mentors and have the desire to produce more and gain a broader reach. There is much work to be done and not enough laborers to do the work. Please pray for me and for counselors everywhere who are working hard in the trenches and spinning many plates. We need wisdom regarding priorities and time management.

We believe that God has positioned Word of Hope Ministries for growth in the coming year, realizing there are likely to be more surprises and challenges ahead. Please pray for our Board and all those who work behind the scenes in biblical counseling ministries everywhere. They are critical team players in our ministries that serve to reach hurting people with the help and hope that the Gospel provides.

We trust God’s plan for us, knowing He is a great provider:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Gratitude

At Word of Hope Ministries, we are grateful this year for:

  • The Word of God that truly is sufficient. This is the backbone of our work. Thank You, Lord.
  • The Gospel that applies not just to our salvation, but also to our sanctification. We have a unique opportunity every day to share this Good News. This is the heartbeat of our work. Thank You, Lord.
  • The opportunity to serve beyond our own plans. To be able to counsel and train others to counsel and mentor is our passion and privilege. Thank You, Lord.
  • The opportunities He has brought to network, serve, blog, and partner with leaders and others in the biblical counseling movement at conferences and various online venues. These opportunities have turned in to friendships that are both supportive and iron- Thank You, Lord.
  • The fruit from the unique “Biblical Mentor” training we offer that makes Word of Hope Ministries unique. It has equipped many women for one-another ministry who would not choose to do a full biblical counseling training program. Many are serving actively as mentors in their churches. Thank You, Lord.
  • An upcoming new version of our Biblical Mentor Training that will be geared towards teenagers and co-written by my 17-year-old daughter. Together we hope to eventually write several resources for counseling and mentoring youth. Word of Hope Ministries has a passion for intergenerational ministry. It is a privilege to mentor the next generation. Thank You, Lord.
  • And finally, we are grateful that God has allowed Word of Hope Ministries, Inc., to serve in this season of unifying and supportive collaboration in the counseling movement. When I began as a biblical counselor on the Central Coast of California a decade ago, I found very little personal support. That has changed due to technology that allows us to connect with like-minded servants all over the globe through organizations such as the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You Lord, for the opportunity to serve You in 2014 and again in 2015!

“O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).

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Memorial Stones of God’s Grace: The Vision of Hope Story

Memorial Stones of God’s Grace--The Vision of Hope Story

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Each day this week our megaphone will help you learn more about a vital biblical counseling ministry—like today’s post from Dr. Mark Shaw of Vision of Hope.

Vision of Hope recognizes the worth and sanctity of human life by ministering to young women, children, and families in a Christ-centered environment. Vision of Hope offers a faith-based residential treatment program for girls age 14-28 struggling with unplanned pregnancy, alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, or self-harm. To learn more about Vision of Hope, visit their About Page where you can view a video description of and testimony about the work God is doing through Vision of Hope.

By the Power of God

One of my favorite historical accounts in the Word of God occurs when the children of Israel cross the Jordan River at flood stage. Only the power of God could enable them to accomplish that task. To commemorate the miracle, the Lord commanded that they take twelve stones from the Jordan and stand them up at Gilgal for all to see the might of the Lord to fear Him forever—for unbelievers to know the Lord and for believers to be reminded of the Lord’s goodness and power.

“And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, ‘When your children ask their fathers in times to come, What do these stones mean? then you shall let your children know, Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever’” (Joshua 4:20-24).

At Vision of Hope, our standing stones each year are the transformed lives of the residents who graduate our program. Typically, an average graduate participates in the program for 16 months. Approximately 31% of our residents graduate from the program because it is so challenging and our staff holds these young women to a high standard of change. We are not looking for “improvement,” but for a young woman who is faithfully walking with Christ evidenced by a fruitful life.

Praises to God

In 2014, we had three graduates. All of these young women are walking with Christ and serving in ministries of their churches now. Only God can turn a prodigal into a worshipper who serves Him and His children in the local church. God has accomplished much in these three young women’s lives by His grace and we are also thankful for the following praises:

  • Our program’s census reached an all-time high in 2014. We averaged over 20 residents each week.
  • One of our unsaved residents repented and received Christ, giving her baby to a family for adoption.
  • Our interns and residents went Christmas caroling at a nursing home, and it brought great joy to the seniors there giving all of us joy as well.
  • Planting trees at Bethany Farms as a team in preparation for a possible Men’s Ministry like Vision of Hope in the next five years.
  • Serving in the Living Nativity with the residents sharing the gospel with over ten thousand people from the community.
  • Seeing so much joy and laughter despite the really hard issues the residents address in counseling.

God’s Transformational Power

As we thank the Lord for a productive 2014, we look forward to 2015 with great anticipation about what God might do. Vision of Hope’s standing stones are the precious lives of young women who not only overcome their issues of abuse, addiction, sexual sin, and ruling heart motives, but then serve the Lord to help others in their church families and communities.

We praise God for His transformational power and work in our ministry!

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What memories in your own life could you look to as a standing stone of God’s power and faithfulness?

Write out your testimony of His faithfulness and share it with others to edify and encourage them in their walk with Christ.

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Psychology and a Biblical Worldview: The Association of Biblical Counselor’s 2015 National Conference

Psychology and a Biblical Worldview--The Association of Biblical Counselor’s 2015 National Conference

A Note from the BCC Staff: The mission of the BCC is to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. One of the ways we seek to fulfill this mission is by being a “megaphone” for biblical counseling organizations around the world. Today we use our BCC megaphone to highlight the Association of Biblical Counselor’s (ABC) 2015 National Conference: Psychology and a Biblical Worldview.

Psychology and a Biblical Worldview

The Association of Biblical Counselors invites you to join us for our 2015 Annual Conference from April 16th-18th, 2015, in Euless, TX. This year we are tackling several “hot button” issues within the culture in hopes of equipping believers to address them with divine wisdom and grace. We have invited some of the most respected scholars within the church to guide us in this pressing journey. You can find out more about our registration discounts HERE.

Watch the Video of Dr. Jeremy Lelek and Dr. John Henderson

Day One: Homosexuality and the Gospel

Thursday has been dedicated to address the mounting issue of homosexuality and the church. Are these feelings simply a choice? Does the Bible speak to the struggle of homosexuality? Is the biblical resolution to homosexual temptation found in heterosexual orientation? In an age when homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted as a norm, how is the church to respond? Dr. David Powlison, Dr. Paul Tripp, Sam Allberry, and Tim Challies will outline a robust biblical worldview to assist counselors, pastors, and all Christians to wisely navigate this ever increasing and profoundly sensitive topic.

Days Two and Three: Psychology and a Biblical Worldview

Friday broadens our scope of study by examining the grand themes of psychology and the church. Who are we? Why do people behave the way they do? How do we change? Is the Bible relevant to the deeper issues of psychology? These questions and more will be examined in light of sacred Scripture. Dr. David Powlison, Dr. Eric Johnson, Dr. Paul Tripp, and Dr. Jeremy Lelek will be the featured plenary speakers for this day. Break-Out Sessions will also be offered to dig deeper into the practical application of Scripture to specific issues.

Day three will hone in on applying a biblical worldview to actual components of psychology. Dr. David Powlison and Dr. John Henderson will walk us through a biblical understanding of specific therapies as well as a biblical conceptualization of the counselor. Is counseling exclusive to the professional or does the Bible provide an alternative? Break-Out sessions will also be offered to dig deeper into the practical application of Scripture to specific issues.

More Information…

PLENARY SPEAKERS

BREAK-OUT SPEAKERS

REGISTER HERE

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Friday’s 5 to Live By

Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

The Year of Gospel-Centered Living

As we’ve entered the new year of 2015, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions. Bob Kellemen suggests 8 gospel-centered resolutions in The Year of Gospel-Centered Living.

Captured by Grace

Unbroken, the new movie based upon the book by the same name, tells part of the story of Louis Zamperini. The movie leaves out the central message of Zamperini’s life—the message of the cross. Captured by Grace tells the rest of the story.

5 Reasons to Pray for Other Churches

We like to say that our ministries are “Kingdom-Focused.” If they truly are, then won’t our focus move beyond prayer for our own ministries? Eric Bancroft at Ligonier Ministries would like to think so, which is why he suggests 5 Reasons to Pray for Other Churches.

Fanning the Flames of One Holy Passion

Paul Tautges reflects on R. C. Sproul’s book, One Holy Passion: The Consuming Thirst to Know God. Read Paul’s thoughts in Fanning the Flame of One Holy Passion.

Social Media in the New Year

Kevin Carson asks us to consider several biblical principles as we use Social Media in the New Year.

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Which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?

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16 Online Evaluations on Marriage, Depression, and Anxiety

16 Online Evaluations on Marriage, Depression, and Anxiety

A Note from the BCC Staff: Today’s post is from Brad Hambrick’s personal ministry site and is reproduced here with Brad’s permission. Brad has graciously made available to the BCC and to you sixteen biblical counseling evaluation resources on marriage, depression, and anxiety. You can also find these resources at Brad’s site here.

To Bless Others…

One of the blessings of serving at a church (The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina) that allows me to focus my attention on developing a robust counseling ministry is the opportunity to create resources that can be duplicated in our church plants and churches across the country/world. This year we were able to develop 16 online evaluations to supplement our various seminar curriculum.

Depression & Anxiety Evaluation

This evaluation seeks to help you assess the presence and severity of the following types of depression-anxiety.

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Situational Depression
  • Major Depressive Episodes
  • Seasonal Affective Struggles
  • Specific Phobias
  • Social Anxiety
  • Mania
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Religious Scrupulosity
  • Suicidal Consideration

This evaluation is designed to supplement the seminars “Overcoming Depression-Anxiety: A Suffering Paradigm” and “Overcoming Depression-Anxiety: A Responsibility Paradigm.

Evaluations for Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage

Below you will find links to the 15 evaluations from the “Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage” seminar series. The header for each seminar is a link to the video presentations. Beneath each title you will find the self-scoring, on-line evaluations for each of the three subjects covered within that presentation.

If you are interested in the pre-marital mentoring program built around these materials, you can find everything you need at www.bradhambrick.com/gcm.

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Foundations

  1. Marital Expectations
  2. Marriage as Covenant
  3. Character & Role Expectations

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Communication

  1. Listening
  2. Day-to-Day Communication
  3. Conflict Resolution

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Finances

  1. Financial Beliefs and Character
  2. The Budgeting Process
  3. Attitude Toward Debt and Savings

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Decision Making

  1. Personal Decision Making
  2. Consensus Decision Making
  3. Headship-Submission Decision Making

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Intimacy

  1. Preferences in Expressing / Receiving Love
  2. Living in the Larger Love Story
  3. Being Excellent Lovers
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6 Free Biblical Counseling Video Curriculum Resources

6 Free Biblical Counseling Video Curriculum Resources

A Note from the BCC Staff: Today’s post is from Brad Hambrick’s personal ministry site and is reproduced here with Brad’s permission. Brad has graciously made available to the BCC and to you six biblical counseling video resources. You can also find these resources at Brad’s site here.

To Bless Others…

One of the blessings of serving at a church (The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina) that allows me to focus my attention on developing a robust counseling ministry is the opportunity to create resources that can be duplicated in our church plants and churches across the country/world. This year we were able to create three programmatic seminars and three topical seminars to equip the church to care for another and their community.

Programmatic Seminars

Overcoming Depression-Anxiety: A Suffering Paradigm

This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine-step model of facing depression-anxiety when the experience is primarily a form of suffering. This seminar is most effective when studied with a friend or small group. This seminar is meant to be a tandem resource with the responsibility paradigm seminar.

Overcoming Depression-Anxiety: A Responsibility Paradigm

This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine-step model of facing depression-anxiety when the experience is rooted primarily in our beliefs, values, or behaviors. This seminar is most effective when studied with a friend or small group. This seminar is meant to be a tandem resource with the suffering paradigm seminar.

Gospel-Centered Pre-Marital Mentoring Curriculum

We want this page to provide everything you need to provide every engaged couple in your church with a mentor couple who can walk them through a comprehensive pre-marital program. We also want to see the experienced marriages in your church enriched as they invest in engaged couples who are just beginning their marital journey.

Topical Seminars

Burnout

Burnout occurs when the things that once gave us life and energy become discouraging and draining instead, sacrificing our pleasures and accomplishments to the continual onslaught of “next.” While a common danger for Christians who dedicate their efforts to God’s kingdom, burnout eventually makes us choose cynical numbness over the “caring exhaustion” of Christian service. How do we avoid this pitfall? I argue that burnout is actually a consequence of our life management, and he shows us how to create a time budget to avoid living beyond our means with the time God has provided. He helps us remember to rest in God’s fairness rather than trying to gain His acceptance.

10 Keys to Ensure Caring Is Helping

When we care for one another wisely three things should happen: (a) the person being cared for should be blessed, (b) the love of Christ should become more tangible, and (c) our faith should grow. Sometimes our attempts of caring can be done unwisely, resulting in unintended consequences: (a) the person being cared for is enabled, (b) the love of Christ is misrepresented, and (c) the caregiver becomes exhausted.

Towards a Christian Perspective on Mental Illness

When engaging a difficult and highly personal subject, it is better to start with good questions than a list of answers. The better our questions are, the more responsibly we will utilize the answers of which we are confident, the more humbly we will approach areas of uncertainty, and the more we will honor one another in the process of learning.

A Bonus Article…

From Telling Your Story to Being Known

Often as churches we do a better job of teaching people how to tell their story than we do at preparing people for what it will be like to have their story known. We help people share their experience of God’s grace in a way that highlights the goodness of God and the power of the gospel. This is good and needed.

But we also need to help people (a) assess whether this is a wise time in their journey with God to share a particular aspect of their story, and (b) prepare for the kind of unique temptations that arise after sharing your story in a public setting. These two points become more important the larger the church or venue in which an individual is sharing their story becomes because the dynamics in play become more pronounced as the audience gets larger.

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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.