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First Baptist Church of Avon Park


Are you interested in being part of the Intentional Discipleship and Biblical Counseling Ministry at FBCAP? Are you willing to be trained to be a counselor and avail yourself to counsel, encourage, and equip others? If so, then please consider going through our Biblical Counseling Training.

Beginning in January  we will begin our Discipleship and Biblical Counseling training.  This training is provided through the "Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship".  The training will consist of 30 sessions that will involve both lecturing and group discussion.  A yearly fee is involved and each participant will be provided a workbook and access to video lectures and learning videos.  We will meet throughout the year on Monday nights at 6:00 for approximately an hour.  Please go to www.ibcd/cdc to learn more about the material.



Our Biblical Counseling Ministry is an intentional discipleship ministry that is based on the truthfulness and sufficiency of God’s Word.  This ministry is provided free to those living in our community who are seeking God’s answers to the questions, problems, and circumstances in their lives.

A Definition of Biblical Counseling

 from the Association of Biblical Counselors

Biblical counseling is a process of focused discipleship. It is an aspect of discipleship focused on the application of God’s Word and walking in God’s Spirit when dealing with matters of life as a whole. Biblical counseling can be defined as a fluid event and process, as part of the Great Commission, when a follower of Jesus Christ in the service of the Holy Spirit provides face-to-face ministry of the Word to others.

And while Biblical counseling may exist as an event, it is most effective and best understood as a series of events; that is, as a process. The process of encouraging sanctification, bearing with the suffering of others, and applying the truth of God’s Word in a careful way takes time. It takes time to believe and follow the gospel more fully each day. The grace of God, the power of His Spirit, and faithful human effort are needed during the process.  Therefore, for the counsel to be biblical it must be rooted in God, exalting of Jesus Christ, enabled by the Holy Spirit, and offered in love.

The Goal of this Ministry

 The goal is not necessarily to make the person feel better or simply to remove the problem or change the circumstances.  We pray this will take place, but the goal is much bigger than that.  The goal is to come alongside a person and seek to share the principles in God’s Word so that the person will respond in an obedient and godly manner to the issues of life.

Types of Counseling Offered

  • Addiction
  • Anger & Bitterness,
  • Christian Living & Maturity
  • Death & Grief
  • Depression
  • Fear & Anxiety
  • Forgiveness,
  • Joy & Contentment
  • Marriage & Family
  • Pre-Marital
  • Parenting
  • Sexual Sin

Expectations of the Counselee

  1. A willingness to grow and change into the likeness of Christ.
  2. Complete all paper work provided by the church at the initial contact.
  3. Become involved with a local church. (This will be discussed at your initial session)
  4. Complete any assigned homework prior to each appointment.
  5. Arrive on time and call ahead if you need to reschedule.

The Cost

There is no cost for the counseling, but the counselee is responsible to pay for the materials that will be utilized.  This will consist of books that are available for purchase at the church.

The Length of Counseling

50 minute sessions that will meet weekly ranging from 8-12 weeks.

Making an Appointment

The appointments are available Wednesday between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

  • Come by the office and pick it up the necessary paper work.
  • Or you may download here.  //
  • All paperwork must be completed
  • Once the paper work is returned you will be contacted to establish your first appointment with a counselor

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    First Baptist Church
    100 North Lake Avenue
    Avon Park, FL 33825
    (863) 453-6681
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