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Welcome to the Biblical Counseling Ministry

 

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).


 Would you like to Request Biblical Counseling?

-Counseling Request Form (Word Format)
- Counseling Request Form (Fillable pdf Format - Requires Adobe Reader)
-Policies/Procedures (Consent Form on last page)

 

Please download and complete a Counseling Request Form and Consent Form, and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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. 

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 (Word Version) and the Policies/Procedures (with consent on the last page) and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
.  If you have questions, please call the office at 925-210-9036.


History of our 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), Christian 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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Pastor of Biblical Counseling
Director of the NorthCreek Training Center (ACBC Certified)

Jeremy is the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and is an ACBC Certified Biblical Counselor.

He also serves as an elder and oversees Men's Ministries, Rooted (newly married), and our

Orphan/Adoption ministries. 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 3 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 prior to

coming on staff at NorthCreek in 2017. He currently attends the Master's Seminary. When he's

not spending time with his family, he enjoys dirt biking and boating.

 


Staff

 

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Would you like to Request Biblical Counseling?

 

Click here to download a Counseling Request Form in Word Format
Click here to download a Fill-able pdf Counseling Request Form (Requires Adobe Reader)
Click here for our Policies/Procedures (Consent form on last page)

Please email the Counseling Request Form and Signed Consent Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (You may send as photos).


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. 

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 (Word Version) and Consent Form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
.  If you have questions, please call the office at 925-210-9036.

 

 


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 2018-2019 began in September and continues through May.

For Questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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


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 10-14 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 5, 2018 on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30pm.

HOW? Taught by Jeremy Pray & Steve Mawhorter 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

 


The 2019 NCT (NorthCreek Counseling Training)

Hold the Dates for NCT 2019 : 8/23 & 24; 9/27 & 28; 10/18 & 10/19

 

Each Fall NorthCreek hosts a 3-weekend Conference bringing speakers from around the country to provide training for those who are interested in growing in counseling and discipleship. We provide 2 tracks.  The Fundamentals track is for those who are first time attenders.  This training contributes 30 hours to the first phase of ACBC certification. Structure for the Fundamentals track is as follows: Weekend 1: Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Weekend 2: Family Life, and Weekend 3: Individual Issues.  The Advanced track is for those who have previously attended the Fundamentals track or Cornerstone Self-Confrontation Class.  These topics go deeper into biblical counseling and address complex problems from a biblical perspective. These topics change each year so returning attendees can further their training.

 

 

Registration for 2019 is not yet open.


 

Becoming a NorthCreek Church Counselor:

Our counselors are trained in a 3 step process. 

 

Step 1: Cornerstone Class (Level 3)

Completion of 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 (level 3) which is well over 200 hours, including intense bible reading and additional reading from select resources.  This class is offered Wednesday nights at NorthCreek Church, 7:00-8:30pm, September-May.Homework is submitted and reviewed by the BCM pastor.

 Resources:

      Self-Confrontation Manual  available from the Biblical Counseling Foundation

      Video Classes 1-22 and Notes (also available on the mobile app.)

 
Step 2: Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling Class

Completion of the Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling class.  This class takes place in the summer and is only offered to those who have completed Step 1 (level 3), and it involves 10 weeks of instruction and role-playing.


Step 3: Observation

Counselor-trainees observe experienced counselors as they counsel real situations.  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 pursue ACBC certification (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), and to attend the annual NCT and ACBC conferences.

 

Our Training is available to other churches.

 


ACBC Certification/Training:

There are three phases to ACBC Certification:

Phase 1 - Learning
Phase 2 - Exam/Application
Phase 3 - Supervision

 

 


 

 

Video, Website and Document Links

 

Cornerstone & Phase 2 (Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling) Class Resources


Cornerstone Class Collection with Student Notes

Kent Dresdow's, The Work of God In Everyday Decisions


Pre-Marital Counselees:


Cornerstone Class 14-1 - The Marriage Relationship Part 1: His Role

Cornerstone Class 14-2 - The Marriage Relationship Part 2: Her Role

Cornerstone Class 15 - The Marriage Relationship Conflict Resolution


For Help with ACBC Certification:

ACBC Website

ACBC Exam Class Collection with Student Notes

(Consists of 1-1.5 hour lessons for preparation of the ACBC Exam questions, given by various NorthCreek Church pastors)