As part of our BCC vision, we want to point you to the best of the best in robust, relational biblical counseling. Each week we’ll be posting (and then making available as an ongoing resource) interviews with churches, para-church groups, and individuals committed to biblical counseling.
This week we highlight CCEF—the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation of Glenside, PA. To learn more about their biblical counseling training ministry, we interviewed their Executive Director, Dr. Tim Lane.
BCC: “Tell our readers about your biblical counseling ministry mission and vision.”
CCEF: “CCEF is a counseling and teaching ministry. Our mission is to restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the church. We teach people how to explore the wisdom and depth of the Bible and apply its grace-centered message to the problems of daily living.
Restore Christ to Counseling. We have a passion for personal change that is centered in the person of Christ. This passion is our heritage and heartbeat, and it leads us to constantly revisit the question, “How do the riches of the Gospel impact my life and my efforts to help others?”
Restore Counseling to the Church. We believe that the Body of Christ is God’s primary context for change, the community God uses to transform his people. CCEF’s mission is to equip the church to be this kind of transforming community. We see ourselves as an extension of the local church, and we want to serve and promote its ministry.
We accomplish our mission through a unique synergy of counseling, training, publications, and conferences.
Counseling: We have a robust counseling ministry through which we counsel individuals, couples, and families on a wide variety of personal, marriage and family issues.
Training: We train future leaders, pastors, counselors, and people with a heart for discipleship through a certificate program with both on-site and distance education classes. We teach several accredited counseling programs in conjunction with Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and are affiliated with Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, and SEMBEQ Seminary in Montreal, Canada.
Publications: To further equip pastors and counselors, our faculty has published numerous books, booklets, articles, study guides, and curriculum series. Many of these are available from New Growth Press.
Conferences and Speaking: We host a National Conference every fall at which we offer extensive instruction on a selected topic, and our faculty also speak and teach at a variety of conferences, seminars and church-based events throughout the year.”
BCC: “What is the history of your organization—tell us your story?”
CCEF: “CCEF was founded in 1968 to call the church back to the primacy of Scripture as the basis for thoughtful and effective pastoral care and counseling. With the advent of modern secular psychologies at the beginning of the 20th century, many seminaries no longer made the Scriptures primary in their pastoral care and counseling curriculums. This vacuum was filled by a host of alternatives that tended to minimize, change, or overshadow the redemptive message of the Scriptures. In response to this trend, a “biblical counseling” movement emerged in the late 1960’s with CCEF playing a leading role. For the past four decades, we have continued in that role by growing and contributing to the development of biblical counseling. For additional information on our history, counseling model and theological foundations visit our CCEF History Page.”
BCC: “Share a little bit about your staff—who works with you and in what roles?”
CCEF: “Our ministry is comprised of about 30 full-time and part-time staff. The most obvious leaders in our ministry are our faculty who teach, write, and speak around the country. They are:
Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., Alasdair Groves, M.Div., Monica Kim, M.A.R., Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D. Min., Julie Lowe, M.A., David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D., Aaron Sironi, M.S., Winston T. Smith, M.Div., Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D.
To learn more about our faculty, visit our CCEF Faculty Page. We also have a staff of gifted counselors who offer counseling services to individuals, couples and families. For more information about our counselors, please visit our CCEF Counselors Page.”
BCC: “What are the types of resources (books, pamphlets, audio/video, book reviews, articles, journals, blogs) that people can find at your site/through your ministry?”
CCEF: “CCEF offers a variety of website and print resources:
Website: Through our website we offer many free counseling resources including podcasts, blogs, and videos. We also offer audio downloads of our National conference lectures for a modest fee.
Publications: Our faculty has published many books and booklets on a wide variety of counseling topics. These materials are available through New Growth Press.”
BCC: “What upcoming conferences, seminars, classes, and other training opportunities do you have in the next year? Which ones do you repeat each year as annual events?”
National Conference: Our major annual conference offers a thorough discussion of one topic. This year’s conference is being held October 21-23, 2001, in Louisville, Kentucky and the title is: Psychiatric Disorders: A Compassionate Look at Complex Problems. Our conferences are helpful for people personally as well as professionally and are attended by a wide range of people including counselors, pastors and lay persons. In 2012, our conference will be held in California.
On-going Counselor Training: We offer over a dozen courses that are especially designed to help people in the Christian life as well as their ministry, whether it is informal or more formal. This training is offered both on-site and through distance education classes. Our on-site program includes accredited degrees through Westminster Seminary and our distance education program offers classes for credit through Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Both professionals and non-professionals can benefit from our courses.”
BCC: “What is your succinct definition of biblical counseling?”
CCEF: “Biblical counseling involves walking patiently with someone, while wisely connecting them to Christ through the grace-centered message of the Bible. This one-on-one ministry is done in the community of the church where both the normal and complex problems of daily life can be addressed.”
BCC: “How can people be praying for your ministry?”
CCEF: “Please pray for CCEF:
That we would remain true to our mission and pursue it with vigor and humility.
That God will provide opportunities to reach more of the global church with a Christ-centered approach to people and their problems.
That God will raise up additional teachers and counselors to make biblical counseling the norm in Christ’s church.”
BCC: “How can people learn more about and contact you?”
CCEF: “People can connect with us through:
The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), 1803 Willow Grove Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038. Telephone: 1-800-318-2186. Our website address: ccef.org. Email: [email protected]. We also have affiliate offices in Vermont and Montana that offer counseling services.”
BCC: “Tim, thanks so much. It has been great getting to know more about the vital ministry of CCEF.”