What is Biblical Counselling?

Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition

Confessional Statement

Speaking the Truth in Love - A vision for the Entire Church

We are a fellowship of Canadian Christians committed to promoting awareness of, and excellence in biblical counselling in Canada in both English and French. Our goal is to connect, encourage, and equip those already practicing biblical counselling in Canada; and to encourage, nurture, and equip Canadians desiring to begin counselling biblically. Our goal is to foster collaborative relationships and to provide robust, relevant biblical resources that equip the Body of Christ to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. We desire to advance the biblical counselling movement in Christ-centered cooperation by relating in ways that are loving and wise, pursuing the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

We pursue this purpose by organizing our thinking around one central question. “What does it mean to counsel in the grace and truth of Christ?” All that we do flows from our calling to equip people to love God and others in Christ-centered ways (Matthew 22:35-40).

More than counselling, our vision is for the entire church to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:11-16). We are dedicated to developing the theology and practice of the personal ministry of the Word, whether described as biblical counselling, pastoral counselling, personal discipleship, one-another ministry, small group ministry, cure of souls, soul care, spiritual friendship, or spiritual direction. We seek to promote the strengthening of these ministries in churches, para-church organizations, and educational institutions by ministering to people who offer care, people who are seeking care, and people who train care-givers.

Introduction: In Christ Alone
Anchored in Scripture
Centered on Christ and the Gospel
Grounded in Sound Theology
Dependent upon the Holy Spirit and Prayer
Directed toward Sanctification
Rooted in the Life of the Church
Founded in Love
Attentive to Heart Issues
Comprehensive in Understanding
Thorough in Care
Practical and Relevant
Oriented toward Outreach
Conclusion: Unity in Truth and Love