Counseling

Ministry Purpose and Philosophy

The Biblical Counseling Ministry provides assistance to individuals, couples, and families in the form of short-term, intensive discipleship to offer support and guidance to those facing difficult issues in life.  Our focus is to help fellow believers glorify God with their thoughts, motives, and behaviors, through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the instruction of God’s Word (Col. 3:23; Eph. 1:7; John 16:8, 13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). 

The basic presupposition of biblical counseling is that there is an infinite and personal God who has revealed Himself in the written Word, the Bible, and the living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible and Jesus Christ both testify that the most basic problem of every human being is his separation from God. This occurs by the fact that He is holy, and we are not.  While people may solve their personal problems temporarily and partially by approximating biblical principles or through behavior modification, they can never experience an absolutely fulfilling life here or eternally unless this separation is overcome by reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ. Our desire is to help people to know Jesus more deeply, and help them find and apply God’s answers for their personal and relational problems.

Availability and requirements

Counseling services are available to anyone in the community; however, members of Richland Creek Community Church always take precedence over non-members.  When a counselor is available, non-members may be scheduled for counseling.  Please keep in mind that the wait times listed below can be extended for non-members when members request counseling; however, once counseling of non-members begin, the sessions will continue to completion without interruption.

All counselees are required to attend a weekly worship service and small group meeting while counseling.  If you are a member of another church, this requirement still applies, while receiving our counseling services.  Additionally, we will inform one of your pastors that you are receiving counsel at Richland Creek.  We do this, because we recognize and respect the authority of local churches; and, this makes transfer back to the pastoral care of your church easier to affect.

Current counseling wait times vary from 4 to 10 weeks, depending on the type of counseling requested, the availability of the counselors, and the number of church members on the waiting list.

Standard appointment times are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Tuesday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm; Sunday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; and, Fridays from 9:00 am to noon.  However, counselor availability varies by counselor.

Biblical Counseling, by nature, is short-term, crisis-focused.  Consequently, the typical counseling period ranges from 8-12 sessions. However, there are times when 1-2 sessions may be all that is required.

Request Counseling

Step One

Make sure you have read this ministry page carefully in its entirety.

Step Two

To initiate a counseling request:

  • Adults will create a secure personal account, read and electronically sign an Informed Consent Form, and complete a Personal Information Collection Form. For marital counseling, each spouse who will be attending sessions must create their own account and complete their own forms independently. Begin by clicking the link below after reading step three.
  • Parents seeking counseling for a minor child will read and electronically sign an Informed Consent Form (for a minor) and complete a Personal Information Collection Form (for a minor). Begin by clicking the link below after reading step three.
Step Three

A Biblical Counseling Ministry team member will review your completed forms and contact you within five business days. Please do not contact our church office to schedule an appointment as counselors handle their own scheduling. Due to counselor availability and limited office space, there is usually a waiting list to see a counselor. Counseling is available to anyone; however, members of Richland Creek Community Church receive first priority over non-members. Counseling for non-members is subject to counselor availability.

NOTE: Current counseling wait times vary from 4 to 10 weeks, depending on the type of counseling requested, the availability of the counselors, and the number of church members on the waiting list.

Adults

To begin the counseling process for adult (individual, parent, marital) counseling click the button below.

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Minor Children

To begin the counseling process for parents seeking counseling for a minor child, please e-mail

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our counselors

Each of our male and female counselors is an active Richland Creek member, has completed one of three required training tracks in biblical counseling, has been approved by our church pastors, receives ongoing continuing education training, and receives oversight and consultation from our Counseling Director (Mike Greene).

Requirements to Serve

Interested in serving as a counselor? Training opportunities are available, along the lines of one of the three tracks outlined below.

Track 1 Requirements
  • Complete the RCCC training coursework - 16 month class. The next training class will be available sometime in 2020.
  • Complete a Counseling Ministry Application, submitted to the Counseling Pastor
  • Interview with Counseling Director
  • Be an active church member at RCCC
  • Affirm a commitment to Richland Creek's discipleship goals. Included in worship are Scripture memorization, Bible Study and a goal to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Track 2 Requirements
  • Currently working towards or have a completed Master’s Degree or MDIV in Biblical Counseling at SEBTS {If in progress, ~50% of counseling classes must be completed, and must include, at a minimum: Biblical Counseling (Introduction), Counseling Theory, Counseling Individuals with Problematic Emotions, Counseling Individuals with Addictions Problems and Practicum 1}
  • Complete a Counseling Ministry Application, submitted to the Counseling Pastor
  • Interview with Counseling Director
  • Be an active church member at RCCC
  • Affirm a commitment to Richland Creek's discipleship goals. Included in worship are Scripture memorization, Bible Study and a goal to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31)
    NOTE: Completed degrees (biblical or nouthetic counseling) from other, like-minded, evangelical institutions may be accepted, at the discretion of the Counseling Pastor.
Track 3 Requirements
  • Currently certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), formally NANC; International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC); Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC); or, Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD) Level 3.
  • Complete a Counseling Ministry Application, submitted to the Counseling Pastor
  • Interview with Counseling Director
  • Be an active church member at RCCC
  • Affirm a commitment to Richland Creek's discipleship goals. Included in worship are Scripture memorization, Bible Study and a goal to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31)
    NOTE: Limited supplemental training may be required, if necessary.

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