The idea for BCBC started in 2015 with a series of conversations between two couples - Fletcher & Megan Lang and Alasdair & Lauren Groves. Fletcher serves as the Executive Pastor at City on a Hill Church and Alasdair serves as the Director of CCEF New England in Vermont.
From those foundational conversations about the vision for the center, the Langs and Groves hosted an interest meeting in April 2016 for Boston area leaders who were interested in seeing this materialize. Over 40 leaders from local churches and counseling organizations from around Boston gathered in the fellowship hall of Hope Fellowship Church to hear the vision for a new biblical counseling center!
Since that meeting, a board has been formed consisting of local pastors and business people. That board created foundational documents and started the work of fundraising and recruiting counselors.
Fletcher Lang - Executive Director of BCBC and Pastor at City on a Hill - Brookline
Alasdair Groves - Director of CCEF New England and School of Biblical Counseling
Curtis Cook - Pastor of Hope Fellowship - Cambridge
Enoch Liao - Pastor at Boston Chinese Evangelical Church
Mark Russell - Business leader at Cervello - Boston
We are gospel-centered.
We are church-based.
We are clinically-informed.
While we are still in the process of hiring our first counselors, we hope to launch counseling services in 2018. We will hold a "fee-for-service" financial model, with a generous sliding scale because of the support we receive from partner churches. We are also launching our equipping resources in 2018. In 5 years:
We hope to have one central location in Boston with 5-10 counselors at locations spread throughout the metro region.
We hope to have 50 charter churches who are partnering with us in fostering a culture of care.
We hope to have a yearly pastor cohort where pastors can dive deeper into addressing issues of their own hearts and the hearts of their congregants.
We hope to host multiple equipping events a year such as marriage conferences, parenting trainings, and counseling trainings for local trainings.
We hope to develop “care advocates” at partnering churches to serve as a liaison and culture-makers in their local setting.
We hope to have a thriving internship program where counselors all over the country can gain experience and learn from our staff.