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Thank you for visiting the Biblical Counseling Ministry webpage of NorthCreek Church.  This website is intended to explain a little about...

...what we believe,

...what we do,

...who we are, and

...how to get counseling started. 

Additionally, you’ll find information about...

...the Cornerstone class,

...the premarital counseling ministry,

...resources we offer, and

...media. 

Beyond this, there are frequently asked questions that we have tried to answer.  If, after reading through the website, you still have questions, please contact the church office at 925-210-9036 or you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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).

 

What you can expect from our counselors are people who will love you, be faithful to you, work hard for you, pray with and for you, and care for you in a Christ-centered, biblically-grounded, Spirit-led, prayer-saturated environment.  We value, love, and even like, each and every one of those come to us for counsel.  We do not promise to have all the answers to everything, but we do promise to do our best help you find those answers as best we can this side of heaven.

 

What we expect from you is honesty, openness, genuineness, hard work, consistency, humility, and teachability.

Why don’t we don’t offer other models?

That’s a great and very important question. Before we say anything else, we want you to understand that no model, Christian or not, is perfect, including ours. However, we have found that there are important differences between the various models that can either increase or decrease efficacy and may or may not be in fundamental disagreement with what God’s Word says about man and his problems. 

We will try to answer your question in two sections: Secular models and other Christian models.

 

Secular models focus on the social sciences. They base their theories and diagnoses on the observation of people (their behavioral and medical issues) and self-report (how the patients or clients view themselves). After assessment, they often prescribe the best-in-practice medical or psychological solutions. While observation might be helpful and medical advances can be helpful in some ways, there are two fundamental issues we believe make these types of care inferior: they have a wrong view of man, and they focus on superficial change instead of root causes or heart change. 

What we mean by a wrong view of man is that secular models don’t take into account the sinfulness of man and the need to be reconciled to a holy God. Consequently, thoughts and actions are not thought to be 1) against God and in some cases 2) against people. It’s more about fixing unacceptable, distracting, or even destructive behavior in order to conform to the standards of society. This leads of course to band-aid approaches and a revolving door of therapy. 

What we mean by superficial change is that secular models make it their goal to reduce symptoms, relieve suffering, normalize behavior, and increase self-esteem. The problem here is that the labels that come with secular diagnoses seem plausible, allow for excuses, appear to be permanent, and can even become accepted as part of a person's identity.   The bottom line is that if the diagnosis is wrong, the prognosis will also be wrong.

In contrast then to the secular model of care, biblical counseling is based on the authority and sufficiency of God’s word. We seek to carefully draw out the heart (what’s really going inside?), bring conviction and hope through God’s Word (see the problems, trials, or issues the way God sees them), reorient and reframe from God’s perspective, pray for lasting heart change, and work toward restoration to God and others. 

It is also important to note that while we believe that Scripture is sufficient to address any of life’s issues, we do agree that there are times where associated organic issues arise and need to be treated accordingly by a medical professional. It is not our policy to give counsel to start or stop taking medication or give general medical advice. We ask counselees to engage medical professionals for those matters.

 

While other Christian models don’t necessarily have all the problems that accompany the secular models, we do find these models to lack a commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture.  Christian counselors seek to combine secular models with the Bible.  We do not believe secular models are in any way needed to bring about the sanctification of believers.  We, therefore, reject any counseling that has anything to do with secular psychologies such as those taught by Freud, Skinner, Rogers, Mowrer, Maslow, and all the rest.  Sadly, what we have found is that those who call themselves Christian counselors rarely speak of Christ or His Word.

Additionally, we see that the model of one-on-one counseling at one hour per week (sometimes adopted by Christian therapist based on the medical model of care) is often not enough. Sessions can feel rushed and if there is no connection to the persons’ church family, we can isolate people from the powerful impact of community. We believe counseling is the domain of the church, its members, and specifically, the elders and pastors of the church (Acts 20:17-35; Rom. 15:14; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Peter 5:1-5). 


Lastly, we believe that since deeply listening to someone’s story takes time and speaking into problems requires wisdom (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17), we have found the standard length for counseling sessions to be 60 to 120 minutes with initial assessments sometimes taking on the longer side of that timeframe. In other words, we want to be sure we have not only “heard the facts” about someone’s story but have gained deep appreciation and passport into their life via thorough and patient listening.

 

How are your counselors trained?

 

Our counselors are trained in a 3 step process.  First, they must sit through 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 do an enormous amount of homework in this class.  The approximate time of completing this homework is well over 200 hours, most of which is reading their Bibles.

 

The second step is to attend the Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling class.  This class is only offered to those who want to become counselors.  The class involves 10 weeks of instruction, observing counseling, and role-playing.

 

The third step is co-counseling.  In this step, counselor-trainees are paired up with experienced counselors to observe them as they counsel their own counselees.  For various reasons, this time-frame can last from a few months to a year. 

 

After these 3 steps are completed, new counselors are assigned cases based on experience and the difficulty of the situation presented.  Counselors and counselees are paired up with input from the Pastor of Counseling, Steve Mawhorter, his counseling assistant, Sue Miller, and his administrative assistant, Darcy Pollard.

 

As the years progress, each counselor is encouraged to seek further training by attending ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) Conferences, reading on their own, and even pursuing ACBC certification.

 

As has been stated elsewhere on the website, we do not promise that our counselors know everything about everything.  What we do promise is that they know their bibles well enough to be able to handle about any counseling issue that can be brought.  When occasions arise where a counselor perceives that a situation is a little beyond their personal capability, they will do everything they can help you by seeking further counsel from the pastor of counseling, Steve Mawhorter and/or the counseling assistant, Sue Miller.

 

Who can receive counseling?

 

This is another great question.  Most churches do not offer counseling at all to their people, much less the general public.  NorthCreek has been blessed by its body to be able to offer counsel to anyone who calls.  With that said, we give priority to our church members/attenders  over those who do not attend either here or anywhere else.  This results in having two waitlists, one for our members and attenders and one for non-attenders which will be a longer list, usually about a month longer. 

 

If you are not a NorthCreek Church 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 to be upfront about it, we think it will do you better to be at the same church where you are receiving counsel.  Our success rate with counseling is significantly higher with those who are from NorthCreek than those who are not.

 

What are the fees?

 

Because of the incredible generosity of the members of NorthCreek Church, we have been able to offer counseling free of charge from the onset of this ministry.

 

What about confidentiality?

 

Does NorthCreek Church’s counseling ministry promise total confidentiality or, in other words, can I say anything and everything without anybody outside that room ever knowing what I said? 

The concept of total confidentiality is not biblical; however, information regarding a counselee/disciple will be handled with a high level of discretion. Carefully discerning how to share information is an important aspect of the counseling relationship and we will carefully guard any information entrusted to us. 

There are situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others, such as an elder who directly oversees the counselee or,

  • When there is a clear indication of harm to him/herself or someone else
  • When there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse against a minor child, elderly person, or dependent adult
  • In discussions with the pastoral staff or elders of NorthCreek Church or previous counselor(s) for the purpose of gaining information for your care or to help in follow-up and after-care
  • When a counselor is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice and wisdom from another staff member or elder.  Even in these cases, we will try our best to keep the name/s out of it
  • When a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:2224:11Matthew 18:15-20)

 

In all of these situations, we will make every effort to be sensitive to your situation and carefully guard your information. Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose any of this personal information to others. We will strive to help you resolve the difficult situations you are experiencing as discretely as possible. 

As part of our mission to train and equip others in biblical counseling, we may have counselor(s)-in-training participate in the counseling with us. These individuals will abide by the same standards as outlined above. However, in highly sensitive situations we will consider if apprentices should be dismissed for a time. If you think your situation might require this you can let us know at the time you submit your paperwork.

 

How do I get started?
 

Just call the office and ask to be connected to the biblical counseling ministry, or you can email the Biblical Counseling Ministry assistant, Darcy Pollard, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Additionally, you may click on the counseling request form and email that form to Darcy.  She’ll contact you shortly.

 

picture of Steve Mawhorter

Steve Mawhorter

Counseling & Adult Ministries Pastor

Married to Sue in ‘82; two children – Mike and Chrissy I came to Christ at the age of 15 through the ministry of Al Siebert, the Executive Director of Youth For Christ, in Long Beach. Following graduation from Millikan High in Long Beach, CA, I served in ministry with Al for the next six years. I served the next two years with Seal Beach Grace Brethren Church as the College Director before moving from Southern California to Walnut Creek in 1984. I began attending Evangelical Free Church (which we now call NorthCreek Church) in the spring of 1984 and have been here ever since. My involvement in this church has included the Adult Teaching Core, Leadership Teams for our Adult Sunday class, Director of Men’s Ministries for four years, and finally, the Director of Biblical Counseling, beginning in 1999. In 1994, I left the business world (Hedge fund manager in bonds, currencies and commodities) and began preparing my heart and head to enter what has been a lifetime dream for me: that of being in ministry on a full-time basis. I am very grateful for all those who have influenced me in such great ways over the many years of ministry, especially Al Siebert and Jon McNeff. It is my hope that your experience with our ministry leads you toward the joy God has planned for you, that abundant life that Jesus spoke of in John 15:11 – "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."

 

 

Administrative Assistant:

Darcy Pollard

darcy pollard

Staff

Steve Mawhorter. Pastor of Counseling and Adult Ministries
Sue Miller, ACBC Certified Counselor, RN, Masters in Biblical Counseling from TMC
Darcy Pollard, Administrative Assistant, IABC Certified Counselor

Biblical Counselors

Jenny Adams

Marcy Anderson

Bob Anderson

Joe Bailey

Suzanne Barton
Andy Bischel
Joe Chiappelone
Barbie Csider
Ann Engel

Matt Ernst
Ben Hernandez
Juli Jerome
Candy Joe, IABC Certified

Catherine Johnson

Barbara Kalkman

Thom Kalkman

Al Khaleel
Bill Kievning

Tami Kim
Jay King
Carol Lou
Peter Maclennan
Steve Mawhorter Director; IABC Certified, ACBC Certified, Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling
Mary Menez, IABC Certified
Sue Miller, Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling; ACBC Ceritified
Sunny Nunes, IABC Certified
Keri Phillips
Darcy Pollard, IABC Certified

Helen Primus
Karolyn Ray

Ed Sanchez
Angela Sandoz

Shelley Salzmann

Jordan Scott

Ikuko Thomas

Jordan Walter
Janie-Sue Wertheim
Amy Wenslawski
Darryll Whaley

Andy Yoo

How do I get counseling started?

 

Just call the office and ask to be connected to the biblical counseling ministry, or you can email the Biblical Counseling Ministry assistant, Darcy Pollard, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Additionally, you may click on the counseling request form and email that form to Darcy.  She’ll contact you shortly.

 

How long does counseling last?

 

Individual sessions range from an hour to two hours. 

 

The overall counseling process, once a counselor has been assigned, can range from a couple of sessions to as many as 20; however, the normal amount would be around 10-12 sessions.

 

Additional Policies and procedures

 

Your counselor will not normally be available for telephone conversations.  If you have an emergency, please call the church receptionist and the counselor will return your call as soon as possible.

Due to the increasing need for our counseling services, we ask that you cancel your appointment at least two days in advance in order that we can offer the time to someone on the waiting list.  Having three cancellations without prior notice may forfeit future sessions.

 

We expect counselees to come on time, having their homework completed.  If the homework has not been completed, the counselor may ask that you reschedule your appointment.  We begin on time and are not held to a clock.

 

We will deal mainly with the here-and-now, not getting bogged down in the past and in blaming others.

 

We will confront and deal with each other as honestly and objectively as we possibly can.

 

We will operate on the premise that God's Word has the solution to our problems and seek to be obedient to it over and against our own conclusions.

 

Childcare for counseling

 

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to provide childcare for counselees with children.

 

Confidentiality

 

Does NorthCreek Church’s counseling ministry promise total confidentiality or, in other words, can I say anything and everything without anybody outside that room ever knowing what I said? The concept of total confidentiality is not biblical; however, information regarding a counselee/disciple will be handled with a high level of discretion. Carefully discerning how to share information is an important aspect of the counseling relationship and we will carefully guard any information entrusted to us. There are situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others, such as an elder who directly oversees the counselee or,

 

  • When there is a clear indication of harm to him/herself or someone else
  • When there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse against a minor child, elderly person, or dependent adult
  • In discussions with the pastoral staff or elders of NorthCreek Church or previous counselor(s) for the purpose of gaining information for your care or to help in follow-up and after-care
  • When a counselor is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice and wisdom from another staff member or elder.  Even in these cases, we will try our best to keep the name/s out of it
  • When a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; 24:11, Matthew 18:15-20)

 

In all of these situations, we will make every effort to be sensitive to your situation and carefully guard your information. Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose any of this personal information to others. We will strive to help you resolve the difficult situations you are experiencing as discretely as possible. As part of our mission to train and equip others in biblical counseling, we may have counselor(s)-in-training participate in the counseling with us. These individuals will abide by the same standards as outlined above. However, in highly sensitive situations we will consider if apprentices should be dismissed for a time. If you think your situation might require this you can let us know at the time you submit your paperwork.

 

Fees

 

Because of the incredible generosity of the members of NorthCreek Church, we have been able to offer counseling free of charge from the onset of this ministry.

 

Counseling Minors

 

We understand that there are situations where you as a parent desire to get your children some help. Here are some of the guidelines that we think are important considerations for you during this time. 

For counseling initiated by you as a parent, we desire to meet first with you to assess the situation and the need for counseling for your child. We believe this is important as our desire is to support and come alongside you as the primary disciple maker in the home. Depending on the age of the child as well as the situation, we may ask for the child to be present during this initial session and will discern together with you if and when we will meet with your child for further counseling or if it would be wiser to meet with the parents instead.

 

If the child is in middle school or high school, we will likely want to bring the appropriate pastor or director in the loop of our conversations because the pastor or director will be around them for years to come on a very regular basis.  If your child is part of another church, we strongly urge you to include the appropriate pastor of that church and to seek his counsel before ours.

 

Medical professionals and other referrals

 

Is there a list of medical professionals or other organizations that may be able to help people inside or outside of NorthCreek’s congregation? 

Occasionally, people will approach us and ask us about referrals. We want you to know up front that we do not officially endorse any one professional or organization. Though we may suggest possible options for your own review as appropriate for your need or struggle, these would only be suggestions.  It is not part of our business to assess others’ practices.  Therefore, any advice we offer is of a personal, not a professional nature.

Biblical counseling is grounded in and focused on Christ and God’s Word. That is why it is important to note that the care and counsel received from other places may not be consistent with or even contradictory to our counsel, which is why we might even steer you away from some outside agencies. 

We do think it is important to understand however that there are occasions where we may collaborate and communicate with outside agencies, medical professionals, another church, etc. It would be our intention that this will only happen given that the person receiving care has given consent for such collaboration.

 

Psychotropic Medication

 

What do you believe about psychotropic medication and do your help people regulate medicines? 

We believe that God designed us in such a way that the body and the soul are so closely woven together that spiritual issues can affect the body and vice versa. We believe there are occasions where medical or organic issues arise that need to be addressed by consulting medical professionals and medication may be necessary to allow someone to get better physically and/or mentally. 

We recognize that total discouragement of psychotropic medication may prevent people from seeking treatments that are at times appropriate and necessary. However, we also would caution you to be a very careful consumer of medicines. Some medications are over-prescribed as a means of providing a “quick fix” rather than addressing the core issues, whether medical or otherwise. Other medicines have serious side effects and must be carefully considered. In any case, you want to be well informed about these things in order to make a holistic and beneficial decision.  

So, should or should you not use medication? We would say that it is a matter of the conscience and wisdom. Careful consultation with medical professionals (getting second or third opinions if necessary) as well as gaining a thorough understanding about proposed diagnoses are important steps before making decisions for or against the use of psychotropic and other medication. 

We advise all our counselors not to give counsel for or against taking medication. They will direct you to wisdom, Scripture about stewardship, and may help to educate you to have an informed decision but will not give medical advice. Please refer back to the medical professionals for advice on these matters. 

Finally, our Father in heaven, creator of our bodies, knows what we need and what is going on and He should be the first stop in asking for both wisdom and healing. The examination of the heart (why are we taking medications and is it possibly numbing or subverting some spiritual growth) is of great importance for us to learn about what’s going on and what a solution for godly and lasting change could be.

 

Consent to Counsel/Release of Liability Form

 

I have been informed that the spiritual counsel and care I receive from the Biblical Counseling Ministry (BCM) of NorthCreek Church is Christ-centered and biblical in nature.  I understand that this ministry is based upon biblical principles and is designed to create an opportunity for spiritual growth through participating in a series of individual counseling sessions with a counselor.  This lay counselor has received training in biblical counseling principles through the BCM training program and is supervised by a member of the church’s pastoral staff.

 

This biblical counselor that will be assigned to me is a non-professional peer lay counselor.  I understand that my lay counselor is neither a professional mental health therapist, nor a licensed psychologist and is not authorized to offer professional diagnosis or therapy.  I also understand that while there may be individuals assisting with the lay counseling program who may have mental health degrees and even professional licenses or medical degrees, nothing in the lay counseling is designed or intended to be the provision of professional mental health services.

 

I agree that during the counseling I receive I may be examining issues of a deeply personal nature and that I may disclose information of a highly personal nature.  I also agree and understand that the disclosure of information of a highly personal nature may not be covered by an clergy-penitent privilege, nor is it covered by any psychotherapist-patient privilege, even if a licensed mental heal professional is present.

 

I agree by signing this form, and by my participation in the counseling at NorthCreek Church, any disclosure by me of confidential information will be covered solely, by the following terms:

 

  • When there is a clear indication to harm him/herself or someone else
  • When there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse against a minor child, elderly person, or dependent adult
  • In discussions with the pastoral staff or elders of NorthCreek Church or previous counselor(s) for the purpose of gaining information for your care or to help in follow up and after care
  • When a counselor is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice and wisdom from another staff member or elder.  Even in these cases, we will try our best to keep the name/s out of it
  • When a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:2224:11Matthew 18:15-20)

 

I also understand that the biblical counseling offered at NorthCreek is short term, biblical help.  To that effect, counseling will most likely not last beyond 10-12 sessions.

 

I understand that I may terminate the counseling sessions at any tie and that I am not under any obligation or requirement to continue my counseling.

 

If a dispute should arise between the counselee and the counselor regarding the session or the counselor’s advice or conduct, one should bring this dispute to the attention of the Pastor of Counseling, Steve Mawhorter.  If the dispute cannot be resolved at this level, all parties agree to resolve such dispute by submitting to the elders of the church for full and final resolution and conciliation.  Both, the counselee and the counselor agree not to take this matter to any secular court system (1 Cor. 6:1-7).

 

Waiver of liability

The undersigned counselee, having sought biblical discipleship counseling as adhered to by NorthCreek Church, a nonprofit religious organization, hereby acknowledges their understanding of the above stated conditions and therefore releases from liability the NorthCreek Church and any/all participating churches, pastors, counselors, or employees, from a claim or litigation whatsoever arising from the undersigned’s participation in the above-mentioned biblical counseling ministry.

It is further understood, in consideration for receiving any form of counseling from the NorthCreek Church, the person (counselee) receiving the counseling agrees to release and waive any and all claims of any kind against the ministry, the staff, the pastoral/lay counselors or any participating church, which may arise from, result out of, or be related to conduct or advice/counsel given. Additionally, all counsel provided in by NorthCreek Church is provided in accordance with the biblical principles adhered to by the NorthCreek Church and is not necessarily provided in adherence with any local or national psychological or psychiatric association.

That the undersigned agrees that he/she has read and thoroughly understands and agrees to what is contained in this Consent to Counsel/Release of Liability Form, and now willingly (without any coercion) consents to and requests said biblical counseling from NorthCreek Church’s biblical counseling ministry.

 

Signed Name: __________________________________________________________________

 

Printed Name: __________________________________________________________________

 

Date: Signed____________________________________________________________________

 

 

Counseling at NorthCreek         

(Counseling Request Form)                                                                               

NorthCreek Church whole-heartedly believes in the sufficiency of Scripture. Therefore, we are committed to providing only Biblical counseling to our members and attendees and as an outreach to the community at large through our Biblical Counseling Ministry.

God 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 others in their spiritual walk (Colossians 1:28; 3:16;
1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). 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 directed by Steve Mawhorter.
  • As of Spring 2012, has twenty-seven trained, volunteer lay counselors, six of whom are certified through the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC), and two more who are certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
  • 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.
  • Has grown to have three spheres within its organization: General Biblical Counseling, a Pre-Marital Counseling adjunct, and the eight-month Cornerstone Class for Christian Living.
  • Is supervised by the pastors and the Board of Elders, and is not licensed by the State of California.
  • Offers counseling free of charge, and is conducted on the church premises.

Due to the high demand for counseling there may be a waiting list. For more information about the Biblical Counseling Ministry or to make an appointment for counseling, please contact Darcy Pollard at 925-627-4431, M-F, 10:30-4pm or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

CORNERSTONE FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING CLASS 


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

Class takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights beginning September 7.

 

Here's some information about the class:

WHO? All ages 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.
* ...those from other churches who desire to receive counselor-training.

WHAT? In-depth discipleship; (Level 3,described below is also the first of three phases of optional counselor-training.)

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 7, on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30pm.

HOW?

* Taught by Steve Mawhorter, Pastor of NCC's Biblical Counseling Ministry, Certified Biblical Counselor (ACBC, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and IABC, International Association of Biblical Counselors and graduate of TMC's Master's program).
* 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.

CLASS 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, 1-2 hours of homework per day. (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.)

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

 

To register for Cornerstone beginning July 1, click here.

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 regular NorthCreek attendees and/or graduates of our Student Ministries Programs. 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 Darcy. The Premarital Counseling program should begin at least six months prior to the wedding date. The cost is $35, which includes all materials.

 

Premarital Counseling Couples

Rick and Pati Connett
Steve and Sue Mawhorter
Bob and Marcy Anderson
Martin and Stacy Hampton
Steve and Janie Sue Werthheim
Jim and Jamie Daggs
Jon and Jenny Adams
Rick and Pati Connett
John and Danielle Haffner
Ken and Sue Miller
Kent and Julie Dresdow
Greg and Diane Dresdow
Glenn and Ann Tatum
Darryll & Laurie Whaley

 

ACBC Exam Class 2017

Monday, January 9 | WC 117/118 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | $10 per person

Are you interested in becoming ACBC Certified?  Join Steve Mawhorter on Monday evenings beginning January 9.  Each week Steve will go over four questions to tackle this component of the certification requirements.  All who have completed the educational component (via Cornerstone or Track 1 of NCT are welcome. The cost of this 13-week class is $10 per person and it meets every Monday (excluding February 20) For questions, email Darcy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To register, please click the button on the right. click here


There are several ways to be trained as a Biblical Counselor

  • Become an ACBC Certified Counselor. NorthCreek Church is a Certified Training Center (Three components: Educational, Written, Practicum. Cornerstone plus Fundamentals or NCT fulfill the educational component.)
  • Attend Cornerstone, level three (Wednesday Evenings, 7 - 8:30PM during the school year. Begins 9/7/2016) plus Fundamentals of BC
  • Attend Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling (Wednesday evenings, 10 weeks during the summer. Prerequisite, Cornerstone, Level 3)
  • NorthCreek Counseling Training (NCT) Conferences (at NCC every fall, three weekends, one each in /Sept/Oct/Nov or travel for a concentrated week in Lafayette, Indiana every February)

 

Contact Darcy at 925.210.9036 for more information.


 

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