Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, take a look below at our answers to questions that we commonly receive. If you are still uncertain of anything, we’ll be happy to answer any question you might have through our contact form.


BIBLICAL COUNSELING

  • A believer in Jesus Christ who has a good practical working knowledge of the Word and is committed to doctrinal soundness and a life that reflects the Gospel.
  • This person also believes that God equips believers through his Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit to help others with the issues of life.

  • Secular psychotherapy is needs-based. The needs for self-esteem, love and acceptance, and significance tend to dominate. If these needs are met, it is believed, people will be happy, kind, and moral; if these needs are unmet, people will be miserable, hateful, and immoral. Biblical counseling teaches that true satisfaction and happiness can only be found in a relationship with God and a pursuit of godliness.
  • Secular psychology is based on the theories and subsequent teachings of psychoanalysts. These include Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers and more recently ideas of post-modernism. In stark contrast, Biblical counseling is based on the revealed Word of God and subsequently on God’s theories and teachings for humankind.
  • Secular psychology promotes mankind as the highest standard of truth and morality and rejects faith, the supernatural, and the Bible. Biblical counseling sees God as the highest standard of truth and morality and that Scripture is sufficient to address the impact on humankind due to fallen human conditions (Genesis 3) as well as equip the child of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:4).
  • Secular psychology is based on the ideas that man is basically good and that the answer to his problems lies within himself. The Bible states that humans are much worse than they think, but also loved so much more than they can imagine. Humans are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), and the unregenerate heart is “deceitful and beyond all cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). Therefore, the biblical counselor takes a drastically different approach: rather than seeking solutions to spiritual problems within one’s own mind, he seeks to confront sin, obtain wisdom from above (James 3:17), and apply the Word of God to the situation.

  • In general, what is usually called “Christian counseling” is different from “biblical counseling” in that Christian counseling often uses secular psychology while viewing the client and their situation from a Christian worldview. Depending on the counselor, they may or may not use the Bible or even pray in the sessions. This is not to say that a Christian counselor is not also a biblical counselor, but often, Christian counselors are Christians who integrate secular psychology into their counseling. Biblical counselors counsel from Biblical theories and principles.
  • Biblical counseling is committed to letting God speak for Himself through His Word. Biblical counseling seeks to minister the love of the true and living God, a love that deals with sin and produces obedience.

ABC

  • ABC exists to encourage, equip, and enlist people everywhere to live and counsel the Word, applying the Gospel to the whole experience of life. We accomplish this by:
    i. Encouraging: ABC provides a fellowship of believers committed to life transformation through the Living Word.
    ii. Equipping: ABC promotes training in biblical counseling and points to resources that deal biblically with all of the issues of life.
    iii. Enlist: ABC provides excellent materials for growth in Christ and for use in effective biblical counseling.

  • Anyone interested in better understanding themselves and others.
  • Professionally licensed counselors committed to biblical.
  • Pastors, elders, and leaders in ministry who are interested in providing Biblical counsel.
  • Growth-group and small-group leaders, lay counselors, and mature believers in churches.
  • All believers who are committed to sound counsel from the Word in their own lives and as they minister to others.

CERTIFICATION

  • The certification is a staged training process that covers three levels of a person’s journey towards maturing in Biblical counseling. There are three levels: ABC1, ABC2 and ABC3 depending on a person’s goals and needs.

  • The first two certification levels takes no less than 9 months and typically a year to complete each level. This is assumes the candidates are spending approximately 5 hours per week in their training. Should the process take more than two years, candidates are typically required to resubmit their applications. {See respectiveABC1/ABC2requirements under Certification}
  • The third level (ABC3) certification is dependent on the respective associations timeline that the candidate is working with. {See ABC3 requirements under Certification}