In the Scriptures, we have everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). The goal of all counseling is change. All counselors recognize that persons need to change, utilize means to bring about change, and believe that change is beneficial to those involved in the counseling process. Biblical counseling is the discipline of bringing about change in persons through the application of the Scriptures to their lives. All Christians should counsel as God gives opportunity and should seek to be equipped for this good work.
The basis for a Christian’s counseling is the Bible itself. The purpose of the Bible is to change lives primarily through declaring abundant life through Jesus Christ. The Bible claims for itself the necessary tools for equipping the counselor for every good work. The Bible is the basis for counseling because the Bible is about change in every area of life including behavior, attitudes, relationships, beliefs, and values. For the Christian, no other source can provide such a standard for change, particularly in a way that pleases God.
Counseling is the work of the Holy Spirit. He comes alongside the counselor and the one being counseled to apply the Scriptures to the human heart. Christian counseling is carried on with the understanding that the Spirit is the one who effects regeneration and sanctification. He produces His fruit in the life of the counselee. He effects His work through the means of prayer, fellowship among God’s people, and the ministry of the Word.
The Scriptures declare the way of change that pleases God and are sufficient as the only means of bringing about real change. Biblical counseling proponents base their method and message on the objective truth of Scripture. In a postmodern world that rejects objective truth, the discipline of biblical counseling brings a true understanding of the condition of man -- He is a sinner in need of God-wrought change. As the Holy Spirit applies the Scriptures to individual hearts He is the One who gives hope -- and -- real lasting change.
Doug Hoover is an elder at Providence Baptist Church. He has been counseling and training counselors for over ten years. He is certified by both the Southern Baptist Association of Biblical Counselors and the International Association of Biblical Counselors. He serves on the board of the Southern Baptist Association of Biblical Counselors. Doug and his wife Karen have two children.
Jayne Johnson is certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formally known as NANC), International Association of Biblical Counselors and Southern Baptist Association of Biblical Counselors. She has been counseling since 1998. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and a Masters degree in Nursing from Clemson University. Jayne has spoken at workshops on biblical counseling and at women’s retreats. Currently Jayne is engaged in teaching and discipling women, training women to become biblical counselors, and actively counseling at Providence. Jayne is married to Jim who serves as a deacon. They have three adult sons.
PCBC Five Level Counselor Training
Level I - Self Confrontation - part 1- 12 weeks - Monday Nights - September-November
Level II - Self Confrontation - part 2 - 12 Weeks - Monday Nights - Jan-March
Level III - Theology of Counseling - Area March Weekend Seminar
Level IV - Scheduled as needed
Level V - Counseling Training - sitting in on counseling sessions
Upon completion of a Theological exam and counseling training hours counselors can apply for certification through IABC
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