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BCC Interview: The BCC’s FAQs

November 12, 2011

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This weekend’s interview is unique as we’re posting a list of FAQs related to the BCC. You can also find this document on our About Page.

What is the BCC’s mission?

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. Our mission is to foster collaborative relationships and to provide robust, relevant biblical resources that equip the Body of Christ to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. Read our complete BCC MVP (Mission, Vision, Passion) Statement.

What is the BCC’s vision?

Our vision is to unite and advance the biblical counseling movement in Christ-centered cooperation by relating in ways that are loving and wise, pursuing the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are dedicated to developing the theology and practice of the personal ministry of the Word, whether described as biblical counseling, personal discipleship, one-another ministry, small group ministry, the cure of soul, soul care, spiritual friendship, or spiritual direction. Read our complete BCC MVP (Mission, Vision, Passion) Statement.

What prompted the launch of the BCC?

The BCC was born out of both an opportunity and a challenge. The opportunity was a growing interest in biblical counseling, literally around the world. People, churches, schools and other Christian organizations were more open to discussing the place God’s Word has in helping people who are hurting. The challenge was that the movement was fairly fractured in the sense that while the Lord was blessing many individual people and ministries, there was very little attempt to connect our efforts in a way that produced synergy and promoted best practices.

What is the purpose of the BCC?

The BCC is all about relationships and resources. We believe that by working together we can accomplish more. We also believe that our organizations should relate to one another in a way that is consistent with the unity and harmony we advocate in the lives of our counselees. We are already finding that being proactive in relationship-building results in philosophical and methodological cross-pollination. We respect that fact that none of us have arrived and we therefore need one another. It’s progressive sanctification at a ministerial level. The result of these enhanced relationships is the promotion and production of cutting edge resources and best practices.

How does the BCC seek to enhance and help other biblical counseling organizations?

One of the challenges that men and women who have been trained in biblical counseling have historically faced is the perception that they now have to declare allegiance to one BC group or the other. Many of our groups have not always worked as hard as we should have at understanding one another’s positions and taking time to get to know one another personally. That has created a fair amount of confusion and even discord in the troops of those who are trying to use BC in their local churches. The BCC is working hard to build more unity in the movement. We believe that in so doing, other BC organizations will be able to spend more time holding a trowel and less time holding a sword.

Why should someone visit the BCC’s website? Who should visit?

Our “target audience” that we seek to minister to includes people who are seeking care, people who offer care, and people who train care-givers. God’s people, whether “lay” people, biblical counselors, pastors, educators, missionaries, or students will all find resources to help change lives with Christ’s changeless truth.

Our home page links all three groups of people to our Grace & Truth blog where readers find daily blogs related to Christian living and biblical ministry. Readers will also benefit from our weekly book reviews and our growing list of resources for biblical counseling and growth in grace.

How is the BCC different from other biblical counseling organizations such as CCEF, NANC, ABC, FBCM?

The BCC exists to promote excellent BC. In other words, we want to be a megaphone for the men and women who are serving God with excellence in the field of biblical counseling. So using the organizations you mentioned, we want to promote CCEF conferences and resources because we recognize that some people may have heard of biblical counseling but not CCEF. If that is the case, we want to introduce them to CCEF and point them to their wonderful website and training opportunities. Regarding NANC, we want to encourage people to consider pursuing NANC certification or certification with one of the other fine biblical counseling certifying groups if that meets their ministry goals.

Who are the leaders of the BCC?

You can visit our BCC Leadership Page to read the bios of our Board of Directors and Counselor Board members. All our BOD and CB members adhere to our MVP Statement, to our Confessional Statement, and to our Doctrinal Statement. They are each leaders in biblical counseling, with a wide range of areas of ministry such as pastors, counselors, educators, speakers, consultants, and authors.

How does the BCC define biblical counseling?

Our robust Confessional Statement, while not outlining one definition of “biblical counseling,” does provide a detailed, twelve category description of our jointly held core beliefs about what makes biblical counseling truly biblical. Additionally, though not an official statement of the BCC, you can read the blog post Defining Biblical Counseling for a collation of fifteen working definitions of biblical counseling developed by individuals and organizations who blog for the BCC.

Does the BCC maintain a list of recommended counselors/churches?

The BCC does not maintain such a list. However, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) does maintain a list of NANC certified counselors listed by zip code.

Does the BCC certify counselors/churches/schools?

The BCC is not a certifying agency. However, The Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC), as of 2011, has started a certification process.  NANC also has a certification process.  And NANC has a list of certified training centers. The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) has a robust certification process. Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries (FBCM) provides training leading to NANC certification.

Can I join the BCC? Is the BCC a membership organization?

The BCC is not a membership organization. All of our resources are free.

Does the BCC offer regional and national conferences?

No. Instead, the BCC provides an up-to-date Calendar of Events pointing people to “the best of the best” in biblical counseling conferences, seminars, and training events.

Is the BCC a 501C3?

Yes, the BCC is a 501C3 non-profit organization. We are a donor supported ministry.

How can I contribute to the BCC financially?

Your contribution will make a difference toward our goal of providing best-practice biblical counseling resources for those in need of biblical counseling, for those offering biblical counseling, and for equippers of biblical counselors. Contributions to the BCC are tax-deductible and always welcome. Questions regarding charitable, memorial, and legacy contributions may be directed to our Executive Director, Bob Kellemen, at [email protected]. We appreciate your support in helping to grow the reach of biblical counseling. You can donate online.

How can people contribute to the BCC’s blog/book reviews/resource page, etc.?

People who are committed to the values outlined in our Confessional Statement and who hold to our Doctrinal Statement can contact the BCC’s Executive Director, Bob Kellemen at [email protected] to learn more about the “vetting” process and about opportunities to volunteer to write for the BCC.

Where else can I go to learn more about the BCC?

Visit our About Page to read a welcome from our President, Steve Viars, and our Executive Director, Bob Kellemen. On that page you can also find our BCC Vision Interview with Pastor Viars, as well as several other foundational documents.

How can I stay up to date with the latest from the BCC?

You can subscribe by email to receive periodic updates and our E-Newsletter. You can also “like” our BCC Facebook page, and you can follow our “tweets” on our BCC Twitter account Biblicalcc.

Do you have another question that we didn’t answer?

Email us at [email protected].