A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Throughout January, we’re helping you to learn about vital biblical counseling ministries—like today’s post from Dr. Stuart Scott of One-Eighty Counseling and Education.
Biblical Care for God’s People
Early on in my pastoral ministry, I was taught to refer suffering people in my congregation to psychologically-trained professionals. And that’s what I did. And that’s what other pastors in my area did as well. But I was finding that our people in our churches were not getting lasting help and change…until I was introduced to biblical counseling.
A recent study found that 81% of pastors surveyed in Reformed and evangelical churches do not have regular discipleship or effective programs to teach their people how to deepen their Christian formation. While there is preaching from the pulpit and perhaps community through small groups, that’s 81% of churches in which biblical help and hope for spiritual growth through discipleship and counseling is not readily available within the church.
In 2 Peter 1, God says He has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Himself, which He has revealed to us in His Word. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul teaches that God Himself breathed out Scripture and that it is profitable for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be complete and equipped for every good work.
As Christians, we affirm these truths. But at the same time, 81% of evangelical churches are not equipped to put these truths into practice—to show their people how God’s Word applies to their problems and suffering. The result is a Bible-believing people who must find help from unbiblical philosophies.
This is tragic.
But thankfully, it’s also avoidable. That’s where One-Eighty Counseling and Education steps in.
Biblical Soul Care in the Body of Christ
One-Eighty Counseling and Education is a ministry that I, and a small group of like-minded, faithful friends, founded in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve the local church’s desire to provide biblical soul-care to its people. Our mission is:
To provide Scripture-based discipleship counseling training through seminars, counseling services, and practical, life-changing resources.
Through these services, we ally with the local church, helping to strengthen the whole body through training God’s people how His Word applies to practical life issues to bring hope and help to His people.
Ephesians 4:11 and following says that God gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry. As a young pastor, I was not equipped to counsel people in my church, and if I wasn’t equipped, I couldn’t equip others. I have spent the last 25 years working to help equip others, in churches and in schools, to counsel from God’s Word. One-Eighty Counseling and Education is the latest (and very exciting) iteration of that work.
In our inaugural year as a ministry, One-Eighty impacted 39 churches across 4 states and Canada, training 130 individuals and helping 20 people complete their Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) exams to become ACBC-certified biblical counselors. By the close of 2014, we have taught nearly 170 people from 50 churches across 4 states and Canada the ability to better minister to others from God’s Word through our biannual trainings. We built a team of 6 ACBC-certified (or in process) biblical counselors who are ministering to our city through counseling and also providing observation opportunities to equip counselors-in-training.
By God’s grace, we are working hard to help equip His church with the life-changing power and resources He has given us in His Word. But by God’s grace and with your help, we want to do much more.
Engaging with Us in Ministry
We continue to receive interest from other churches about coming to help them get trained. There are a few ways you can engage alongside us in meeting this need. One is through financial support. We have a great vision to train more individuals and reach more churches in the next 5 years. Your financial support is essential in helping us realize it. You can support our ministry here.
We would also love to invite you to attend our training. There’s still time (until February 1, 2015) to register for our spring biblical discipleship counseling training in Louisville, hosted by Highview Baptist Church. We would love to serve you by helping you learn how to counsel yourself and others from the Scriptures. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested.
Lastly, please pray for us. We deeply desire that this ministry be one that God is in and is working through. So we would ask you to pray with us that God would use One-Eighty mightily to strengthen His churches.
Learn more about us at One-Eighty Counseling and Education.