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Welcome to the Biblical Counseling Ministry

 


What is Biblical Counseling?

Simply put, biblical counseling is counsel from the Bible, which we believe to be sufficient for everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3-4).  It is akin to discipleship or sanctification.  Whereas preaching is the public ministry of the Word, counseling is the private ministry of the Word.  We believe in speaking the truth and in love.  It is not a new idea.  You can find it as early as Acts 2.  Paul preached it in Acts 20:17-35 and he encouraged Timothy to practice it in 2 Tim. 2:2.  Though discipleship/counseling happens at an informal level throughout NorthCreek Church, this type of counseling happens at a formal level within the Biblical Counseling Ministry (BCM). The goal of our ministry is to lovingly come alongside believers to help them grow in faith, knowledge, and love for Jesus Christ on the journey of becoming conformed to His likeness (Romans 8:29)


 

The Biblical Counseling Ministry:

  • Is based on the Bible alone for its source of wisdom (2 Peter 1:3,4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
  • Was started at NorthCreek by Senior Pastor Jon McNeff and Steve Mawhorter in 1998.
  • Is currently directed by Jeremy Pray.
  • Has over 60 trained counselors.
  • Provides Biblical Counseling on our church premises, free of charge (thanks to our generous church members).
  • Provides Pre-Marital Counseling to our members and attenders.
  • Offers training for counselors and church members via the Cornerstone Class for Christian Living.
  • Offers further training for counselors via, Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling (Phase 2), Observation, ACBC Exam Preparation, and the Northcreek Counseling Training (NCT).
  • Is an ACBC Certified Training Facility, and offers annual training to counselors in the Central/Northern California region via the Northcreek Counseling Training (NCT) conference. The 9th annual conference will be held 2018. This conference occurs over a 3-weekend period and offers two education tracks.  The Fundamentals Track is an introduction to biblical counseling and is for those who are first time attenders who haven't taken the Cornerstone class. The Advanced Track is for those who previously attended the NCT or Cornerstone Self-Confrontation Class.  The topics vary each year and go deeper into biblical counseling to address complex problems from the sufficiency of Scripture.
  • Continues to educate its counselors by traveling throughout the US to conferences and seminars sponsored by like-minded groups such as The Biblical Counseling Foundation (BCF), Chrisitian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF), IABC, Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD), ACBC, The Master’s College of Santa Clarita, CA, and Faith Baptist Church of Lafayette, IN.
  • Is supervised by the pastors and the Board of Elders, and is not licensed by the State of California.

 

 

 

 


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Director of Biblical Counseling
Director of the NorthCreek Training Center (ACBC Certified)

Jeremy Pray has been the Director of Biblical Counseling since 2017. He has been attending NorthCreek ever since he was a child and has been active in many different ministries within the church throughout his life. He met his wife, Hayley, at NorthCreek and they have been married since 2005 and have 2 sons. Jeremy graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a Construction Management degree and worked full time in the construction field as a Project Manager for 15 years. He currently attends The Master’s Seminary and is working to complete ACBC certification.

 


Staff

 

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Biblical Counselor List

 

 

 

Would you like to Request Biblical Counseling?


Biblical counseling is counsel from the Bible, which we believe to be sufficient for everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3-4).  It is akin to discipleship or sanctification.  Whereas preaching is the public ministry of the Word, counseling is the private ministry of the Word.  We believe in speaking the truth and in love.  It is not a new idea.  You can find it as early as Acts 2.  Paul preached it in Acts 20:17-35 and he encouraged Timothy to practice it in 2 Tim. 2:2.  Though discipleship/counseling happens at an informal level throughout NorthCreek Church, this type of counseling happens at a formal level within the Biblical Counseling Ministry (BCM).


Who can receive counseling?

 

NorthCreek has been blessed by its church body to be able to offer counsel, free of charge, to anyone who calls.  With that said, priority is given to our church members/attenders.  This results in having two waitlists, one for our member/attenders and one for non-attenders which will be a longer list, usually about a month longer.

If you are not a NorthCreek Church member/attender and want to be put on the member/attender list, this can happen by beginning to attend NorthCreek Church.  We would love to have you, and our counseling “success” rate is significantly higher with those who are from NorthCreek than those who are not.

 


How do I get started?
Please download and complete the Counseling Request Form and email it to the Biblical Counseling Ministry assistant, Cheryl Dudziak, at
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Frequently Asked Questions

Policies and Procedures/Confidentiality

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CORNERSTONE FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING CLASS 

"Got questions? Need hope, wisdom, and encouragement?" The Bible has the answers.

Cornerstone for the 2017-2018 Year is already in progress.

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 This is a school-year long course that teaches 105 Biblical Principles through a 22-chapter text book covered in 32 accompanying lectures by Pastor Steve Mawhorter & Jeremy Pray.


Class Specifics:



WHO? Anyone 16 or older may join, especially those...

  • who want in-depth discipleship that includes optional homework of reading and application of biblical principles as they apply to Anger and Forgiveness, Marriage and Parenting, Fear, Worry, Depression, and other Life Dominating Sins.
  • who find themselves giving a lot of advice and want some Biblical grounding for what they're saying.
  • who are receiving counseling and wish to supplement it.
  • who are considering becoming a part of the NCC Biblical Counseling Ministry team of counselors.
  • from other churches who desire to receive counselor-training.

WHAT? In-depth discipleship

Homework Levels:
Level 1: Auditing - Taking notes in a provided outline, minimal reading
Level 2: Taking notes in a provided outline. Homework, 1 - 2 hours per week
Level 3: Taking notes in a provided outline, supplemental reading, About 10-15 hours per lesson. (Usually taken by those who wish to become Biblical Counselors and who continue to Phase II, Counselor Training, for an additional ten Wednesdays during the summer.)


WHY? Our God of all hope wants us to be filled with all joy and peace and to abound in hope (Romans 15:13). He wants us to be equipped to deal with the challenges of life from His perspective, in His way; and in turn, to be able to effectively help each other in spiritual walks (Colossians 1:28; 3:16; I Thessalonians 5:14; II Timothy 3:16,17).

WHERE? NorthCreek Church campus in the Worship Center, Room 119-120.

WHEN? In the fall, beginning  September 6, on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30pm.

HOW? Taught by Steve Mawhorter & Jeremy Pray using the Self-Confrontation Manual - Book I, from the Biblical Counseling Foundation, a text book purchased during sign-ups or at the first class meeting. Other supplementary materials will be cited and made available.

You won't regret it! It will be a life-changing experience.

 


 

Premarital Counseling at NorthCreek Church

 

As you embark on this new season of your life, there are some important guidelines regarding NorthCreek Church and your marriage preparation. Premarital Counseling is available for those who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. members and/or regular attenders
  2. getting married at our church facility
  3. getting married by one of our pastors

 

The nine week Premarital Counseling program is provided with a married couple from NorthCreek church, who will come alongside you to discuss relevant marriage issues including the biblical role of husbands and wives, leadership in the home, finances and other helpful topics. For more information contact NorthCreek Church 925.210.9036 and ask for Cheryl. The Premarital Counseling program should begin at least six months prior to the wedding date. The cost is $35, which includes all materials.

 

Premarital Counselors

 


Becoming a NorthCreek Church Counselor:

Our counselors are trained in a 3 step process. 

 

Step 1: Participation in 45 hours of instruction through the Cornerstone class.  This class is offered as general discipleship to all students with varying levels of homework.  However, those who are interested in becoming counselors are required to complete the highest level of homework which is well over 200 hours, including intense bible reading.

Step 2: Participate in Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling class.  This class is only offered to those who want to become counselors and involves 10 weeks of instruction, observing counseling, and role-playing.

Step 3: Observation/Co-counseling.  In this step, counselor-trainees are paired up with experienced counselors to observe them as they counsel.  For various reasons, this time-frame can last from a few months to a year.


Following these 3 steps, new counselors are assigned cases based on experience and case difficulty.


Continuing education: Each counselor is encouraged to seek further training by attending the NCT conference, ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) Conferences, reading on their own, and even pursuing ACBC certification.

 


ACBC Certification/Training:

There are three phases to ACBC Certification:

Phase 1 - Learning/Education:

There are three parts to Phase 1:

1. Basic Training from an ACBC Certified Training Center, an ACBC Regional Conference, or an Online Training, the content is the same. The training includes 30+ hours. NorthCreek Church is an ACBC Certified Training Center and you may receive your 30 hours through the NCT conference - Fundamentals Track.  An alternative method to receive training is by attending the year-long Cornerstone class while participating at the 3rd Level of homework.

2. Observation: You must complete 10 hours observing an ACBC Certified Counselor - either in person or via recorded counseling sessions.  If you don't have access to directly observe these sessions, you may purchase DVDs to accomplish this step. (Click here to be taken to ACBC's website to order Observation Videos.) You will want to visit ACBC's website to download their Observation log.

3. Reading: Additionally, you will need to complete 1,000 pages of theological and biblical counseling reading from ACBC's approved Reading List.  At least 300 pages need to be from the "Biblical Counseling and Theology" category. You will want to visit ACBC's website to download their reading log.

Phase 2 - Exam/Application

During this phase, you will be using your own words and clearly answering each question, supporting your answer with Scripture and clearly defining all technical terms. There is a Theology and Counseling Exam. Please refer to the ACBC website for details.  Also, note that NCC has a series of ACBC Exam preparation videos available to assist you. 

Phase 3 - Supervision:

In this phase, elements learned in Phase 1 & 2 are put into practice.  During the course of the year, you will complete 50 sessions of supervised counseling with an ACBC Fellow.  After you have completed 50 sessions of counseling that your supervisor is satisfied with, he will submit a recommendation for membership.