Biblical Counseling and the Church

Our Newest BCC Book: Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care through God’s People

How can your church become a place to grow in grace?

Biblical Counseling and the Church equips your congregation to be a family where every member is empowered to speak the truth in love so your entire church matures in Christ. Bob Kellemen and Kevin Carson have assembled over twenty respected ministry leaders who practically and relevantly describe the relationship between counseling and the local church.

This comprehensive resource, part of the Biblical Counseling Coalition series, helps pastors, lay leaders, educators, and counselors develop a vision that goes beyond being a church with a biblical counseling ministry to becoming a church of biblical counseling—a church culture that is saturated by one-another ministry.

Bob Kellemen (General Editor), ThM, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling department at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the founding executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and is the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He has pastored for a dozen years and is the author of thirteen books, including Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations.

Kevin Carson (Managing Editor) is the Pastor of the Sonrise Baptist Church in Ozark, Missouri. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he serves as the Chair of the Biblical Counseling department at the Baptist Bible Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri. He also serves as a counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry, is ACBC Certified, and a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children.

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Why You’ll Want to Read Biblical Counseling and the Church

What would it be like to attend a week-long seminar with nearly 3 dozen leaders in the biblical counseling movement and “pick their brains and hear their hearts” about how one-another ministry could be saturated into the life of your congregation? And, what would it be like to have that seminar cost less than one $20 bill? That’s what you receive in Biblical Counseling and the Church—cutting-edge, best-practice, biblically-focused, gospel-centered wisdom equipping you and your congregation to share God’s care through God’s people.

Be equipped through these empowering chapters by these biblical counseling leaders:

  • Chapter 1: A Church of Biblical Counseling: Brad Bigney and Steve Viars

  • Chapter 2: Dear Pastor: Shepherd God’s Flock: Deepak Reju

  • Chapter 3: Biblical Counseling and Soul Care in the Church: Garrett Higbee

  • Chapter 4: Uniting the Public Ministry and the Personal Ministry of the Word: Kevin Carson and Paul Tautges

  • Chapter 5: Tools to Grow Your Church: Uniting Biblical Counseling and Small Groups: Brad Bigney and Ken Long

  • Chapter 6: Biblical Counseling and Redemption Groups: Abe Meysenburg and Mike Wilkerson

  • Chapter 7: Biblical Counseling and Uncommon Community: Garrett Higbee

  • Chapter 8: Biblical Counseling and Small Groups: Counseling in the Context of Community: Lee Lewis and Michael Snetzer

  • Chapter 9: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline: Robert Cheong and Robert Jones

  • Chapter 10: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Conflict Resolution: Judy Dabler

  • Chapter 11: Equipping Biblical Counselors for Your Church: Ron Allchin and Tim Allchin

  • Chapter 12: Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in the “Larger Church”: Greg Cook and Jack Delk

  • Chapter 13: Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in the “Mid-Size Church”: Rod Mays and Jim Newheiser

  • Chapter 14: Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in the “Smaller Church”: Randy Patten

  • Chapter 15: Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in a Multicultural Church: Nicolas Ellen and Charles Ware

  • Chapter 16: Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry for the Churches of the Nations: Wayne Vanderwier

  • Chapter 17: Legal and Ethical Issues in Biblical Counseling in the Church: Caring Like Christ: Bob Kellemen

  • Chapter 18: Biblical Counseling and Evangelism: Kevin Carson and Randy Patten

  • Chapter 19: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Community Outreach: Rob Green and Steve Viars

  • Chapter 20: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and the Para-Church: Heath Lambert and David Powlison

  • Chapter 21: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and the Academy: Lilly Park and Jeremy Pierre

  • Chapter 22: The Missional Vision of Biblical Counseling: Ed Welch and Sam Williams

  • Chapter 23: The Legacy, Present, and Future of Biblical Counseling in the Church: Howard Eyrich and Jonathan Holmes

  • Conclusion: Living for the Cause: Ernie Baker 

Read the Foreword by Paul Tripp


What People Are Saying

“To apply the gospel—full of grace and truth—to the multifaceted brokenness in people’s lives is the essence of Christian ministry. The authors of Biblical Counseling and the Church demonstrate that gospel-centric counseling is not just for a select few, but the responsibility of every believer. If you want to help people progress in the gospel in meaningful ways, you need to read this book.”

J.D. Greear, PhD, Pastor The Summit Church, Author of Gaining by Losing and Jesus Continued

“This book offers a clarion call to embed counseling ministry within local congregations. Whether you are a pastor tasked with the shepherding of God’s flock or a layperson who takes seriously the one-another passages of Scripture, you will be further motivated and equipped to be a conduit of God’s care.”

Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, Faculty and Counselor, the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF); Author of CrossTalk

“It is rare for me to read a book and have it be all that I hoped it would be. I wanted a big, bold vision for biblical counseling in the church. That is what I got. This book is a treasure trove because time and time again my heart soared as the authors held up the Bible as the Book above every book for the church of Jesus Christ!”

Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church

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