This week Curtis interview’s Kim Kira the primary teaching Elder at Lighthouse Community Church in Torrence, CA. Lighthouse has a unique ministry because it is comprised of a predominantly multi-Asian congregation. Pastor Kira shares the blessings and challenges that face a church of this kind. He also gives some practical insights into counseling person’s of various Asian cultures. We also get to learn about what the Lord is doing in the biblical counseling movement in Japan. Continue reading
The ministry of OIC really does reach around the world. Our representatives have served in more than 20 nations in 2017, conducting more than 30 biblical counseling training programs. More are scheduled for next year. So we are actively looking for folks to help us prepare biblical counseling trainers in the nations of the world. Are you interested in serving with OIC? Perhaps. But you may have some questions … Continue reading
Pastor Kike Torres is lead pastor at Horizonte Querétaro as well as Founder and President of the Biblical Counseling Coalition in Mexico (consejero.org). In this interview Kike shares about his own testimony and introduction to biblical counseling as well as the exciting work God is doing through biblical counseling in Mexico and Latin America. Continue reading
This week’s episode features an interview with Michael Leister. Michael helps coordinate the Network of Biblical Soul Care in Germany and German speaking countries in Europe. Learn about what God is doing through this network of biblical counselors and what we might learn from them. Continue reading
Vision of Hope (VOH) is a residential program for women ages 14 and older struggling with eating disorders, addiction issues of all types, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancies. With loving pastoral oversight and church family support based upon relationship-building among residents and church members, VOH is intricately woven into the fabric of Faith Church. A few years ago, VOH launched an “upcycling” thrift store called Reclaimed Hope. Some spiritual metaphors of the thrift store and the program itself come to mind. Continue reading
The situation in Lebanon was totally different. The theological school with which we had partnered in Egypt had a desire to begin a program in biblical studies in Lebanon. But when the influential leaders of the church there (the “gatekeepers”) heard what was happening in Egypt, they demanded that the school offer the same degree as was being offered in Egypt. They said, in essence, “Give us the MBC (Master of Biblical Counseling) or don’t come.” Continue reading
God is doing amazing things in “the lands of the Bible;” those primarily Arab countries that form the southern and eastern perimeter (the coastlands) of the Mediterranean Sea. Although most of these nations have a population that follows the majority religion of Islam and are strongly influenced by the culture that flows from it, the gospel of Jesus Christ is both present and powerful in this area. Continue reading
In this episode of 15:14 Curtis interviews Steve Midgley, Executive Director of Biblical Counseling UK, Vicar at Christ Church Cambridge and visiting lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College in London. Steve shares about the recent Biblical Counseling UK conference as well as the importance of creating a culture of openness in the church amidst the broader reserved culture of the UK. Continue reading
I am a young Kenyan woman who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. I currently live in Washington, D.C., and I counsel women at my local church. As you can imagine, culture is often on my mind as I have experienced life in these different cultures.
As the demographics of the world shift and the world becomes more diverse, biblical counselors will inevitably find themselves counseling individuals who are different than them. Continue reading
For this post, Marie interviewed Tim Pasma, Brad Brandt, and Sue and Blair Alvidrez in order to share with us how biblical counseling is growing in Albania.
“As a young person, reading about Albania fascinated me because the nation claimed to be 100% atheist,” said Timothy Pasma, Senior Pastor at LaRue Baptist Church in Ohio. Continue reading