In the most recent issue of By Faith, the magazine of the PCA, there is an article on the new RTS Charlotte counseling program. The article includes a brief interview with me about the need for, and the distinctives of, the Charlotte program. The article is only in print version (so far), but I have included a scanned pdf of it here.
The article highlights a key part of RTS Charlotte’s approach, namely that we see counseling as part of the “ministry of the word.” The By Faith article quotes me in this regard: “Whereas preaching is the public ministry of the Word, counseling can be understood as the private ministry of the Word.”
It is for this reason that more than half of the 66 credit hours in the degree program are devoted to Bible and Theology courses. It is our desire that biblical counselors have a strong foundation in Scripture and the major theological categories it contains. If the Word of God is the foundation for our counseling, then counselors need to be well-versed in that very subject.
To learn more about the RTS Charlotte counseling program, go here. For an overview, check out this great video introduction: