As part of our BCC vision, we want to point you to the best of the best in robust, relational, biblical counseling. Periodically we’re posting (and then making available as an ongoing resource) interviews with churches, para-church groups, educational institutions, and individuals committed to biblical counseling.
Crossroads Bible College—Biblical Counseling
We’re pleased to connect with Crossroads Bible College once again. Previously, we interviewed John Bechtle about their School of Online Studies. You can read that interview here.
This week we interview Professor Lilly Park, Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College.
BCC: “Professor Park, please tell our readers about the degrees that Crossroads Bible College offers in biblical counseling.”
CBC: “The traditional undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biblical Counseling and a Bachelor of Ministry (B.M.) degree in Biblical Counseling. The B.M. degree is designed for students who have completed an A.A. or a bachelor’s degree in a different field.”
BCC: “Please tell our readers about your program’s mission and vision. What makes your degree program unique?”
CBC: “Crossroads is committed to training biblical counselors for the glory of God. The counseling program seeks to be biblical by recognizing the authority of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and its sufficiency for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Projects that involve examining one’s life and ministering to others are incorporated throughout the counseling courses. Students are challenged to exalt Christ in their own lives and ministry.
One of the unique aspects of the counseling program is connected to Crossroads’ mission statement—training Christian leaders to reach a multi-ethnic urban world for Christ. Students will take classes with students and faculty from diverse cultures. In addition, Crossroads is a small college, allowing classes to be smaller and more interactive. Crossroads is also located near several well-established biblical counseling organizations and ministries, granting students exposure to their mission and vision.”
BCC: “What is your program’s succinct definition of biblical counseling?”
CBC: “Biblical counseling is intense discipleship that exalts Christ, submits to God’s Word and depends on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and transformation.”
BCC: “How do you envision your graduates using their degrees? In what types of ministries are your graduates already serving?”
CBC: “Students graduating with a degree in biblical counseling will be equipped to serve in various contexts, depending on their passion and circumstance. Some students will continue their education at a graduate school or seminary to pursue pastoral or women’s ministry. Some students will pursue opportunities in an organization as a counselor or in some other related position. Some students will use their counseling degree for missions. All students are encouraged to use their counseling training in their local church, which will look different for each person.”
BCC: “Tell our readers about your chair and about your faculty.”
CBC: “Professor Lilly Park (ABD) is the Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling in the traditional program. She is also the advisor for the traditional program. She completed her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College and her M.Div. in Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). She is in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. program.”
BCC: “How many courses are required? What are the names of some of your core biblical counseling courses?”
CBC: “The B.S. degree requires 129 credit hours and the B.M. degree requires 69 credit hours. Some of the core biblical counseling courses are Dynamics of Change, Counseling Theology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Counseling Cross Culturally, Biblical Counseling Practicum, and a few others.”
BCC: “How many Bible/theology/hermeneutic classes do you require?”
CBC: “As part of the belief that doctrine shapes life, and therefore counseling, students are required to take at least 11 courses in Bible/theology/hermeneutic in the B.S. program and 8 such courses in the B.M. program.”
BCC: “What models of instruction do you use?”
CBC: “In addition to the traditional program, modular and online programs in biblical counseling are available.”
BCC: “Is your program accredited, and if so, by which agencies?”
CBC: “Crossroads is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The programs qualify for government financial aid programs.”
BCC: “How can people contact you and connect with your school?”
CBC: “People can learn more about us and contact us at:
Crossroads Bible College
601 N. Shortridge Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
BCC: “Thank you, Professor Park, for introducing our readers to the biblical counseling programs at Crossroads Bible College.”