Biblical therapy

Southern Baptists reject "pastoral counseling"'
It was not a big surprise in 2005 when Southern Baptist Theological Seminary announced that it was making a “wholesale change” in its counseling program. The Louisville school, flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, declared that it was jettisoning the “pastoral counseling” model in favor of “biblical counseling.”

The switch was foreshadowed three years earlier when Southern’s dean coauthored a resolution at the SBC’s annual convention on “The Sufficiency of Scripture in a Therapeutic Culture.”

School officials say the new approach is “built upon the view that scripture is sufficient to answer comprehensively the deepest needs of the human heart.” Among other results of this change: the school no longer participates in the Clinical Pastoral Education program, a staple of education for almost all mainline seminarians.


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