What is biblical counselling?
Little 'b' biblical
Biblical Counselling is not about finding a verse for every problem. Biblical Counselling is personal ministry done from a biblical worldview. We want to see the complexity of life and people in the light of the gospel of Jesus. We want to see stories in light of God's big story.
Little 'c' counselling
All of us are little 'c' counsellors in the lives of others. Biblical counselling is about equipping parents, spouses, friends, leaders, pastors and carers to wisely love people with gospel-soaked interactions. We call this the 'Personal ministry of the Word'. In addition, we see the need for godly trained 'parachurch counsellors', to both train the church and provide expertise to help those with deep struggles.
The Personal Ministry of the Word
The ministry of the Word is more than preaching. It is more than small group bible studies. We are called to encourage, rebuke and comfort one another in the midst of everyday life. We want to grow in wisdom and skill in the application of God's word in the counsel we bring to others lives.
The Church as Transformation Centre
The church is the centre of care and transformation for the believer. This is not to demean the important role of doctors, parachurch counsellors and other helping professionals. It's a challenge to the church, to take the lead in the care and growth of the people under their care.
Who is Biblical Counselling Australia?
Biblical Counselling Australia (BCA) is an Australian network of over 1200 Christian pastors, chaplains, counsellors, university staff workers, women’s workers, kids workers, psychologists, doctors and more, pursuing biblical counselling and discipleship.
These people come from 300 churches from multiple denominations. For more info see our beliefs and approach to counselling. Biblical Counselling Australia Inc. is a registered not for profit.
BCA has worked together with a number of educational institutions and theological colleges including:
BCA has also been involved in speaking or partnering with a number of parachurch ministries including:
The committee of management includes:
DR KARL HOOD - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karl has been a biblical counsellor for over 15 years. He completed graduate studies in counselling and theology at Westminster Seminary and CCEF in Philadelphia. He is a lecturer in pastoral care at PTC Melbourne and served as a pastor at Drouin Presbyterian Church for 9 years. He has been a medical practitioner for over 25 years. You can contact Karl by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEIL CASTLE - DIRECTOR
Neil is the Central Ministry Director at City on a Hill in Melbourne, and currently completely a Bachelor of Theology at Ridley College Melbourne.
JACQUI SPANOS - DIRECTOR
Jacqui is a biblical counsellor and qualified hospital chaplain. She majored in biblical pastoral counselling at PTC Melbourne and pioneered the role of women’s pastoral worker in PCV churches. She counsels at Melbourne East Christian Counselling Centre. One of her specialisations is in bereavement. Jacqui also has an Associate Degree in Ministry and is currently pursuing ongoing study. If you want to contact Jacqui, please email: email@example.com
JONATHAN CHONG - DIRECTOR
Jono is a pastor at the Chinese Presbyterian Church in Sydney. His Master of DIvinity from Westminster Seminary included a semester of biblical counselling and a counselling internship in a parachurch ministry. Jono is married to Emmelyn (who is a WTS/CCEF trained counsellor and BCA association member). If you live in NSW and want to contact Jono, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADRIAN MARTINEZ - DIRECTOR
Adrian has served in pastoral ministries since 1998 and has been active in biblical counselling since 2003. Before entering full-time ministry he worked in various roles with special education including teaching and as a behviour therapist. Adrian has a Master of Arts in Biblical Counselling, a Doctor of Ministry (ABD) from The Master's University and is a certified counsellor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors. He is the lead pastor of Vertical Church in Balywn, VIC, the Oceania Coordinator for Overseas Instruction in Counseling, and a council member on the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Adrian and his wife Jen have 5 children. Contact Email: email@example.com
KURT PETERS - SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE BOARD
Kurt was the co-founder of BCA with Karl Hood in 2011. He is the Minister of St Matts in Botany NSW. He completed his M.Div at S.M.B.C. and has completed distance education courses through CCEF in biblical counselling. In 2018 Kurt stepped back from his place on the board to become a Special adviser.
CARMEN MILIC - EVENTS ADMINISTRATOR
Carmen Milic serves as the Events Administrator of BCA. Carmen brings a wealth of experience in media and communications. Carmen is a practicing trauma-informed Art Therapist while being an active member of City on a Hill West in Melbourne. Carmen will be responsible for a administration and events for BCA. If you want to talk further please email: firstname.lastname@example.org