Biblical Counseling

What is BIBLICAL Counseling?

Biblical counseling can be defined as “an interpersonal ministry of the Word in which born-again Christians speak biblical, redemptive, spiritual, seasoned, and applicable words into the lives of others, addressing sin and suffering in body and soul.”  

Our church is in the exciting process of laying a foundation for a biblical counseling ministry. It is our prayer that our biblical counseling ministry will accomplish three goals drawn from Scripture.

We pray that our ministry will: 

  • Equip our members for effective “one-another” ministry within the church. We hope that every member will be “full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another” (Rom 15:14), so that together we may grow into Christ (Eph 4:15).
  • Provide our church with internal systems of care and support for our members. Providing long-term and sustained care for someone going through challenges and trials is difficult. With our own internal counseling ministry, members can care for one another in effective and biblical ways with a natural and internal support systems of biblical counseling.
  • Position our church to engage our community with the love of Christ. Many people today are looking for holistic care to address their struggles in life. Sadly, they do not recognize that physical and psychological aches often stem from a broken relationship with God, fractured because we have rebelled against the King of creation. Through an evangelistic counseling ministry, we hope to offer people in our community the waters of everlasting life found in the Gospel (Jn 7:37-38). While all the world's systems of personal care eventually fail in the face of death, biblical counseling prepares eternal people for resurrected life in the coming kingdom of God. 

The biblical counseling ministry at Harbins Community Baptist Church draws upon resources available through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF), Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC), Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD).


    Counseling is made available to help with any problems you may be facing—marriage, parenting, addictions, disorders, fear, depression, anger, grief, etc. To request counseling, fill out the request care form.

    If you have any questions about our biblical counseling ministry, please send us an email at

  • Counseling Training

    EQUIPPING THE SAINTS - Wednesday Nights (7:00 PM | Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) 

    Location: Harbins Community Baptist Church Sanctuary

    "Teaching God's People to use God's Word to build God's Church" 

    In Scripture, we see that God has called every Christian and every church member to participate in the work of building up the whole body of Christ. Paul praises the church in Rome because the whole body was "filled with knowledge and able to instruct one another" (Romans 15:14). In Ephesians 4, we see that the whole body of Christ grows as each member ministers and serves one another. If Christians and churches grow from this type of "one another" ministry, are you equipped to apply God's word to the struggles of others? How can you use God's word to address the real-life difficulties facing other church members? 

    In this class, we will discuss principles for applying God's Word to the many issues facing people today. We will explore how to connect practical challenges to the story-line of Scripture and the Gospel. We will discover and practice various methods in interpersonal ministry. Finally, we will examine how to use God's word to address common issues facing people today (examples: worry, depression, addiction, anger, lust, and homosexuality). 

    Each class will include: 

    • 30 minutes of teaching
    • A case study discussion
    • Group application discussion
    • Question and answer time
    • Prayer

    Benefits of taking this course:

    • Personal growth in learning how to apply God's Word to your life and to other church members
    • Group discussions on practical issues and case studies
    • Opportunities to participate in our church's counseling ministry as a counseling advocate (Upon completion of the course and recommendation from course teacher) 

    This class is being offered in communication with the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) . This course content fulfills the teaching component of ABC's Level 1 Certification. Participants who are interested in completing this class in conjunction with ABC Level 1 Certification must contact Jared Poulton before the start of the course. 

    (Certification process includes exams and fees through ABC. Certification participants are required to communicate with an ABC Training Leader in order to fulfill ABC's certification requirements)

  • Counseling at Harbins

    Pastor Jared Poulton is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He is also a doctoral student in biblical counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is enrolled in Chris Moles's PeaceWorks University on domestic violence. 

    Pastor Demer Webb has years of experience in biblical counseling. His experience includes marriage and family counseling, men's counseling, and counseling issues such as addictions, sinful habits, and suffering. He has completed two stages of biblical counseling training available through Faith Community Church (Woodstock, GA). He has also received counseling training at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary while pursuing his Master of Divinity degree.