Cultural Context for Counseling

2016 BCC Global Summit


In this 47-minute panel from the 2016 Biblical Counseling Coalition Summit, pastors and counselors Lilly Park, Cristian Barbosu, Michael Leister, and Luis Mendez reflect on their various cultural backgrounds and how their contexts influence biblical counseling.

Lilly Park is Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Cristian Barbosu is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Metanoia Church in Arad, Romania.

Michael Leister is the Senior Pastor at NordRhön Bible Church in Hünfeld, Germany and is professor for Biblical Counseling at EBTC European Bible Training Center in Berlin, Rheinland and Zürich.

Luis Mendez is Pastoral Director for Hispanic Ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church.



Which of the panelist’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this panel? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this panel? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this panel in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Biblical counseling applies to all cultures because it speaks to our hearts through the lens of Scripture. Regardless of your cultural context, discipleship through biblical counseling is possible. Reflect on what your church or ministry does well in terms of discipleship and consider ways to improve. 


To learn more about the Biblical Counseling Coalition, click here.