FEAR. I got into biblical counseling out of fear.
As a 26-year-old soon-to-be seminary graduate, the thought of counseling hurting people within the church absolutely terrified me. Somehow, I managed to reach my final semester of seminary without having taken a single counseling class.
Like most seminary students, I loaded up on the biblical languages, theology, and church history classes; not even considering the role of counseling in future ministry.
As a last-ditch effort, I signed up for a counseling class: Counseling Parents and their Children. Dr. Robert Jones taught the class which turned out to be one of the best classes I took during my tenure at seminary. Biblical counseling fused theology and ministry. I learned about the work of sanctification. I leaned into difficult, real-life situations that would arise in a church.
God masterfully used my ungodly fear to draw me into an unexpected area of ministry.
Since my time at seminary I have pursued biblical counseling by getting a certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, as well as going back to get an academic degree in biblical counseling. Biblical counseling, as much as any other training, shapes my everyday work as a pastor. The training in biblical counseling has increased my precision in preaching, grown my compassion for hurting church members, and given me a boldness for confronting conflict.
I would encourage you, whether you're looking for training in biblical counseling or if you want to grow more confident as a disciple-maker to join myself, Elizabeth Allan and Barb Mulvey for the One-to-One Conference Friday, November 9th from 6:30 - 9:30pm and Saturday, November 10th from 8:30am - 3:00pm at MCC! This weekend conference will help you grow in the care you provide for others!
I look forward to the opportunity to meet you along the journey in biblical counseling. Whether you are brand new to biblical counseling or a seasoned veteran; whether you are looking to grow as a disciple-maker or pursue certification with ACBC, God will use our time together to grow us in our faith and equip us for the work of the ministry.
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The One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! Click here to register at or contact Elizabeth for more information.
Please note - the Sponsorship Training for the Wood Ministry will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Don & Ann Moore with questions.
Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!