BCTI is a movement established to support the Church in Hindi-speaking regions of North India to respond to the challenges of Christian living in the 21st century. We do this by building the capacity of the church to become a caring community through biblically based training and resources on issues of everyday living.
BCTI is focused on equipping pastors & church leaders in North India for the ministry of biblical counseling and pastoral care. We do this through our Training programs, Counseling services and Christian Books & resources.
UNIQUENESS OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING OR WHY BIBLICAL COUNSELING?
There are various types of counseling for common issues related to human behavior, each based on its own model to understand human behavior. The most common model is based on a secular understanding of human behavior which is based on observational studies done over the years & practiced by psychologists & psychiatrists. The limitation of this model is the absence of the spiritual element in humans & is thus restricted to a bio-medical understanding of man.
Many psychologists & psychiatrists who are also Christians have tried to offset this restriction by creating in ‘integrated model’ where they still use psychology to understand behavior , but supplement the solutions with the Bible, directing people to Christ as the Saviour & solution to their problems.
Both these approaches focus mainly on alleviating the symptoms of people with issues & rarely dig out the root issues. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT) is commonly used as it is often a pragmatic approach which has shown some degree of success in reducing symptoms.
Biblical counseling starts with a biblical model of man, created in the image of God & having a spiritual dimension to his behavior which is often termed as the ‘heart’ of man in Scripture as seen in Proverbs 4:23 ‘Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life’. Jesus said in Luke 6:45 ‘A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.”
Biblical counseling, defined in one sentence, is “a process of intense discipleship aimed at changing people’s hearts through the truth and power of God’s Word and the ministry of His Holy Spirit. “A process of intense discipleship” is required because we tend to be stubborn, slow-to-change, sinful people (Jeremiah 17:9). “The truth and power of God’s Word” is required because God’s thoughts about our problems (Isaiah 55:8), and therefore HIS counsel to us, is the only truth there is for the healing of our hearts and lives. “The ministry of His Holy Spirit” is required because what happens in the Counselor’s office is never effective if offered in our own wisdom and strength – we are guided by His Spirit and by HIS Word in every counseling session (if we are to be humble and effective instruments in His hand!).
Thus long-term sustainable change happens when people are willing to submit to voice of their Creator, specifically addressing the issues of their heart by His Spirit. The counselor acts as an instrument in His hands & a partner in the work that the Spirit accomplishes in the heart of the suffering person.