Biblical Counseling Ministry
Welcome to the wonderful and exciting ministry of biblical counseling. Through it people’s lives are changed, families restored and Christ’s church strengthened.
Today, no matter where you look, people are battling with the problems of life? The church itself is not immune to these struggles. How should a believer think about depression, discord in marriage or parent - child conflicts? Where should a Christian turn for help?
Biblical counseling is “intensified, personalized discipleship in the Word of God.” We begin with the infallible and inerrant Word of God. Building on this foundation we develop our understanding of who man is, the nature and definitions of his problems, methods used and the goals set in and for the counseling.
Today there are thousands of pastors, laymen, doctors, counselors, and teachers who have realized the significance and sufficiency of the Bible in addressing modern day counseling needs.
You can reach our biblical counseling ministry by calling Dr. Craig R. Rowe at
or call the church office at
Our Pastor of Counseling Ministries
Dr. Craig R. Rowe is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife Sue have four grown children. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia, PA, in 1973 with a Masters of Divinity, and in 1996 he received the Doctorate of Ministry in Counseling. He brings 26 years of pastoral experience and five years of full-time counseling and teaching experience to this ministry. Dr. Rowe is a Fellow with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and he regularly teaches at their annual conference. He is an associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
The goal of Trinity Presbyterian Church‘s counseling ministry is four fold:
The biblical counseling ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church provides counseling for individual and family problems and training for those who desire to learn how to counsel others. Training is designed to equip the saints for the work of service, teaching them to apply Scripture to the daily battles they and others face. This training includes classes that teach the basics of biblical counseling and also mentoring in a supervised setting where they learn how to apply what they have learned.
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about counseling ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church, see our list of frequently asked questions: Trinity Presbyterian Counseling Ministries - FAQ.
Trinity Presbyterian Church's Counseling Training Program
Dr. Rowe teaches the following courses in a variety of locations. The National Association of Nouthetic
Counselors (NANC) requires a minimum of 30 hours of lecture for this portion of the training as well as completion of 1,000 pages of reading from their "Suggested Reading" list. If you complete
both levels you will have met the lecture requirement for certification. (For more information about NANC and certification, click
the NANC link above.)
Fall 2013 Counseling Seminars
Statesboro, GA - Intro to Biblical Counseling, Level II
Fridays - 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm
Regular Redeemer Attendees $65a
Savannah, GA - Intro to Biblical Counseling, Level I
Kirk O' the Isles, PCA
Fridays - 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm
Regular First Baptist Church Attendees $75a
Expanded Comments on Biblical Counseling
Counseling is “intensified, personalized discipleship in the Word of God.”
Biblical counseling reaches beyond the mere function of behavior to the worship of God. Biblical counseling, as we understand it, places a person’s spiritual condition as its first priority. We take seriously and address common struggles such as depression, anger, panic attacks and family discord, and at the same time we understand that these are fruits not roots. Their roots are deeply imbedded and entwined in our relationship with God, and they have their ultimate origin in our rebellion against Him. What are today called “mental health” issues are in reality heart/spiritual issues. To teach people to cope with their problems apart from addressing their personal relationship with God is to do them a great disservice. If they are believers, we have failed to point them to God and to help them see the glory of His power and grace in their lives. If the counselee does not have a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, we do not want to teach him how to live better apart from God, rather we wish to show him the cross and teach him to live to the glory of God.
For example, people who struggle with being co-dependant must not only address unhealthy relationships to people, but they must also address their relationship to God. Behavior is the servant of the wants and desires of our heart. Those who wrestle with co-dependant behaviors must address such issues as their controlling desire for acceptance by other people; otherwise they will only substitute one unhealthy behavior for another. We call this controlling desire of the heart idolatry. Idolatry occurs any time we allow ourselves to be controlled by someone or something other than God. This is why we believe counseling of any depth must address issues of worship which are issues of the heart. The ultimate question is, to whom or to what are we bowing or serving? A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is, therefore, foundational to counseling and to lasting change.
True counseling then, is that which helps a person better understand the need of the Gospel everyday. It teaches faith and repentance as a way of life, and it results in a growing enjoyment of God. It is counseling that effects the heart of man, the center of our lives, the place out of which we believe, live, respond and hope (Proverbs 4:23). True counseling strives to bring about heart change which lasts because it is grounded in a personal and on-going relationship with God.
Is the Bible Sufficient for Counseling?
Yes, the Bible is sufficient for and significant in meeting counseling needs which arise from non-organic (mental/spiritual, not physical, in nature) causes. All the problems mankind faces as the result of the Fall are summarized by Scripture under two main categories - physical and spiritual. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches us that “all Scripture…is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.” Today this truth is being demonstrated in churches, homes and counseling centers all through the United States and in many parts of the world.
God has blessed us with both medical doctors trained to address physical problems and Christians trained by the Scripture to address the spiritual issues people face. At times medical people and biblical counselors need to work together as they address psychosomatic problems.
When marriages suffer, divorce is too often given as the only hope for personal peace and fulfillment. Yet, there is no reason two Christians should have to divorce in an attempt to find joy. The Bible says that God hates divorce and that His Word is sufficient to address any struggle and to enable believers to find greater peace and joy in the marriage than they would fine out of it. Even a believer married to an unbeliever can find peace and joy in Christ in the midst of trials. In certain situations God does approve of divorce, but these are far rarer than today’s divorce rate indicates.
Child rearing has been challenging throughout history. Again, the Scripture is eminently practical as it gives us clear principles with which to raise our children.
There are problems that can be extremely difficult to address. But often the primary issue is our attitude not the problem itself. Counselors who use the Bible to structure their methods and define the problems, solutions and goals have had amazing results as they witnessed the power of God though His Word and by His Spirit to transform peoples’ lives and rebuild their families to the glory of God.
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