CBL & Vocational Ministers of the Gospel
How many people in ministry have you seen get burned out?
How many families have you seen overburdened by the weight of ministry?
Often the people doing ministry aren’t ministered to themselves.
CBL exists to do just that.
of pastors admit that pornography is a current struggle.
of pastors believe that pastoral ministry affects their family negatively.
of pastor's spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
of pastor's spouses feel pressured to be something in the church that they are really not.
of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouse.
In partnership with local churches, CBL offers individual counseling to those already in or preparing for vocational ministries. If you are struggling or in a season of uncertainty, we offer help that points to the gospel and provides practical guidance.
It can be beneficial to sit with someone who is a few laps ahead of you in life and in ministry. We would love to grab a coffee and discuss your life and ministry (Titus 2:1-8).
Marriage Counseling and Mentoring
Whether ministry is just taking its toll on your marriage or you feel like your marriage is in crisis, CBL will come alongside you to offer help and hope from God’s Word.
Marriage on Mission
Are you preparing for overseas ministry? Experiencing a season of marital difficulty while serving the church? Returning on furlough and in need of care? Facing ministry change that brought suffering? CBL offers tailored weekend marriage experiences to help you in your unique situation.
This experience is designed for discipleship and renewal. Couples will complete an extensive questionnaire as pre-work before coming to Louisville for a weekend of marriage assessment and guidance. The results can be sent to your church for further follow-up and care.
“CBL staff were an integral part of helping us better honor the Lord in our first year of marriage. We were struggling to bring our two worlds together: I was a widower with four children and my wife had never been married. While we had many of the most important things in common including our faith and ministry goals, we needed help handling the myriad of conflicts that came with our unique circumstances. CBL staff applied empathy, patience, and godly wisdom in our weekly meetings that enabled us to grow in our understanding of each other as well as our trust in the Lord. CBL staff gave us tools that have served us well as we continue to flourish in our marriage today in no small part because of their investment in us.”
How do I schedule appointments?
Complete our counseling request form. We will follow up with you within 48 hours of receiving your request and will be happy to set up an in-person or virtual appointment.
Is there a cost?
We do have fees. Our rate is $75 per 60 minute session and $95 per 90 minute session. Generally, couples counseling sessions are 90 minutes long. We do offer scholarships to assist financially, however we do not offer 100% scholarships. Some churches are able to sponsor the cost. We would encourage you to speak with your church leadership to see if there are funds available. Contact us for details.
I don’t attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary nor am I in vocational ministry, will CBL still counsel me?
Currently, the Center for Biblical Living is limited to counseling SBTS students and those serving the local church vocationally (in the pulpit or on the mission field). If you are not a SBTS student nor serving the local church and you desire biblical counseling, please consider two resources we recommend:
Biblical Counseling Coalition’s “Find a Counselor” page to find a counselor in your area.