Biblical Counseling and the Church

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Editors: Bob Kellemen and Kevin Carson


God's Care Through God's People

As people face addictions, deal with loss and grief, and seek help in restoring broken relationships, where can they turn for counsel and assistance? The local church has been uniquely blessed with the gift of the gospel and is able to offer hope and counsel that no other institution on earth can.

In Biblical Counseling and the Church, Bob Kellemen and Kevin Carson have assembled over twenty respected ministry leaders who examine the relationship between counseling and the church. This comprehensive resource, part of the Biblical Counseling Coalition series, helps leaders 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.

Divided into five parts, Biblical Counseling and the Church will help church leaders: 

  • Unite the pulpit ministry of preaching the Word with the personal ministry of the Word in counseling
  • Offer practical and theological training to equip counselors
  • Launch and lead a counseling ministry, regardless of the size of your church
  • Bring together the relational focus of small group ministry with the ministry of care and counseling
  • Better understand the relationship between biblical counseling, church discipline, and conflict resolution
  • Learn how to use counseling in outreach through “missional” biblical counseling—moving biblical counseling beyond the doors of the church and into the world

Contributors include Brad Bigney, Steve Viars, Deepak Reju, Garrett Higbee, Paul Tautges, Ken Long, Abe Meysenburg, Mike Wilkerson, Lee Lewis, Michael Snetzer, Robert Cheong, Robert Jones, Judy Dabler, Ron Allchin, Tim Allchin, Greg Cook, Jack Delk, Jim Newheiser, Rod Mays, Randy Patten, Nicolas Ellen, Charles Ware, Wayne Vandewier, Rob Green, Heath Lambert, David Powlison, Lilly Park, Jeremy Pierre, Ed Welch, Sam Williams, Howard Eyrich, Jonathan Holmes, Ernie Baker

About the editors:

Robert Kellemen is the Vice President for Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College; has had three pastoral ministries; and is the author of several books including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.   B.S. Pastoral Ministry Baptist Bible College; Th.M. Theology and Biblical Counseling Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Counselor Education Kent State University.  Bob and his wife, Shirley, have two adult children.

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