One of the most common questions shared among counselors is, “Do you have a good resource for helping someone dealing with….?” In fact, a good friend just asked me for a reference dealing with homosexuality. This is just an example of the many biblical counseling topics for which we ask one another to recommend helpful resources. Continue reading
Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 biblical counseling books published in 2016 about biblical counseling or important to biblical counselors.
If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word for helping hurting people. Continue reading
It seems impossible to believe that Overseas Instruction in Counseling is already a little more than 10 years old. When, in the Fall of 2005, Susie and I began to envision a ministry that would train pastors around the world in biblical sufficiency-based soul care, we never could have imagined the ways God would open doors of opportunity and expand the ministry we began in June, 2006. Continue reading
How do we effectively train biblical counselors? From the proliferation of graduate programs over the past twenty years or so, it would seem that the answer is obvious—get them into a graduate program. If you can’t do that, get them into one of the numerous online programs. (There are even some good free ones out there today.) But, notice, the question is not how do we educate biblical counselors? The question is how do we train biblical counselors? Continue reading
It has been my privilege to participate in the training of biblical counselors for the past twenty years. Many students enthusiastically embrace biblical counseling theory in the classroom, but then have trouble when they practice counseling in fictitious role play scenarios and later when they attempt to work with actual counselees under the supervision of an experienced counselor (for example, an ACBC Fellow). Continue reading
Developing apprentices and journeymen in the field of biblical counseling is not only a great opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom, but a responsibility that older and more experienced counselors have toward the younger generation. Sadly, many experienced and gifted biblical counselors do not embrace the opportunity to bless and be blessed through mentoring their young and eager colleagues. Because the art of biblical counseling cannot be easily taught, but is readily “caught” through mentoring, master counselors are being invited to embrace this important ministry of mentoring. Continue reading
Who Are We? A small group of Canadians who long to see God’s church in Canada grow in confidence in Him and His written Word have been seeking God together to discern how we can best serve the church in … Continue reading
In this post and the next, Brad Hambrick offers compelling suggestions for thinking through the possible role of psychiatric medicines in dealing with various forms of mental suffering. This post is written to a person who is considering the possibility of taking medication. Continue reading
We can’t be certain what the future will hold, but we trust that God will do good in many lives (including ours) and bring glory to Himself. Please join us in praying for this new opportunity to strengthen the church of Christ through the training of biblical counselors. Continue reading
“Mentoring” is a buzzword in our current culture. A quick google search on the words “mentoring teenagers” yields dozens of articles, blogs, organizations, and curricula to mentor teens in both the secular and Christian realms.
Biblical mentoring sets itself apart from many other mentoring strategies because it is not a program or a formalized ministry. Continue reading