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About ACBC

Speaking the Truth in Love

We seek to strengthen the Church to speak the truth in love by providing a quality training and certification process, a global network of like-minded individuals and institutions, and a source of practical and biblical resources for the Church.

In short, we seek to bring biblical solutions for the problems people face, upholding that the method God has given to do this is truth in love.

Our Beliefs

As a certifying organization, we are committed to providing a distinguished level of quality control in the biblical counseling movement. That means that one of the most significant tasks of ACBC is to set, sanction, and maintain the standards for counseling excellence. Our Standards of Doctrine and Standards of Conduct are the standards for counseling excellence that every member of ACBC must embrace as a condition of their ongoing involvement in our organization.

Read the convictions that guide ACBC in counseling ministry.

Our Values

  • Theological Faithfulness

    We believe that counseling is fundamentally a theological task.  The work of understanding the problems which require counseling and of helping people with those problems requires theological faithfulness and submission to the way God explains life. Therefore, we hold to a summary of Christian doctrine which we believe represents biblical standards that biblical counselors must embrace to do their work faithfully.

  • Counseling Excellence

    We believe that counseling must join accurate theology with godly character in order to honor the Lord Jesus and provide competent care. Therefore, ACBC is committed to setting standards of counseling excellence. At ACBC we seek to maintain quality at every level in our organization to ensure that each counselee receives solid biblical counsel by our certified members.

  • Sufficiency of Scripture

    We believe the contents of Scripture speak with authoritative relevance to the content of counseling conversations. Therefore, we hold that the Bible sufficiently informs the structure and content of counseling relationships.

  • The Church

    We believe the church is the primary context for soul care, and that we must recover the church’s responsibility to provide care for sufferers and sinners. Therefore, we encourage and support the indispensable ministry of biblical counseling as an expression of church life.

Student attending biblical counseling training


Brad Bigney Biblical Counseling Testimonial - Our Marriage was Irreconcilable

“Our marriage was irreconcilable.”

Brad Bigney

Senior Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church

Paula Higuchi Biblical Counseling Testimonial - God's Sufficient Word

“True hope and true healing are in God’s sufficient Word.”

Paula Higuchi

Director of the Biblical Counseling Center of Maui

Stuart Scott Biblical Counseling Testimonial - Pastoral Ministry

“You can only do so much from the pulpit.”

Stuart Scott

Professor of Biblical Counseling at the Master’s University

Lilly Park Biblical Counseling Testimonial - Giving Biblical Hope

“Giving biblical hope makes all the difference.”

Lilly Park

Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathaniel W. Biblical Counseling Testimonial - Pointed Me To Jesus

“He helped bear my burden. He pointed me to Jesus.”

Nathaniel W.


Hannah Carter Biblical Counseling Testimonial - God's Word Changes People

“I’ve seen God’s Word change many people.”

Hannah Carter

ACBC Certified Counselor