Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies – Biblical Counseling Concentration
We don’t have to look far to see that our culture is full of hurting people; those who have been drastically affected by their own sin and the sin of others. Many are looking for help, hope, anything to bring some meaning to the pain and struggle they’ve known in their lives. A student pursuing the biblical counseling degree will be thoroughly equipped to provide encouragement, support, and biblical direction to those in need. The focus of the program is not to ready a student to open a counseling clinic, but to have tools to minister within his or her local body of believers.
Discipleship is the key focus of this concentration. You learn to love the gospel and to lead others to share in the freedom that comes through knowing Christ. You are taught to counsel through biblical study and personal accountability. You are trained to help Christians identify and reject root sins in their character, subsequently replacing old sinful habits with habits of holiness. You learn to demonstrate sympathy and empathy as one who is also in desperate need of grace and on the path of sanctification.
In addition to the general objectives of the B.A. degree, students completing this concentration will be able to:
- Disciple in an intensive format in the local church with people who have identifiable root sins impacting their habits, emotions, and character.
- Demonstrate sympathy and empathy as one who is also on the path of sanctification.
- Identify and interact with various approaches to spiritual health and growth in sanctification.
For those who desire to take their biblical counseling degree further than lay ministry and pursue vocational opportunities, our counseling degree is the perfect platform for pursuit of graduate studies in Biblical counseling from Christian seminaries. MBC is also a recognized training center for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
See the MBC Catalog for more information such as core curriculum courses, concentration specific courses, and general education requirements.
NOTE: MBC electives may be filled through any other class offered at MBC that is not already required for the counseling concentration. This includes, but is not limited to, Greek, Hebrew, additional Bible exposition classes, music classes, or classes required for another concentration.