Do you believe the Bible holds answers and encouragement for all of life’s problems? At Appalachian Bible College, you will discover the methods, principles, and solutions that God’s Word provides to address the diverse issues people face.

The Biblical Counseling concentration of the Youth & Family degree is an accredited, double major program of study to prepare you for ministry in a local church. While your foundational major will be Bible / Theology, you will also receive top instruction in youth and family ministry with an emphasis on counseling.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

Appalachian Bible College maintains that God has “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3). Although secular psychology can contribute helpful observations, it is the Bible alone that is the Christian’s source for wisdom. This is called nouthetic training. ABC does not promote state licensure for Christian counselors, but rather a local church-based ministry of serving troubled people.

Completing the Biblical Counseling concentration at ABC is one of the best steps you can take toward further education in nouthetic counseling, and/or toward certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC).

Our Faculty

Mr. Dan Best - Youth & Family Chair

Mr. Dan Best -

Youth & Family Chair

Man has an intrinsic need to receive counsel from God. Because He has given everything man needs for godly living in His revealed Word, I believe our training enables one to appropriately care for the struggles of others.

Our students are equipped in an accurate understanding of the Scriptures. They are then able to apply God’s Truth with insight into common heart issues—resulting in salvation, discipleship, intensive counsel, and integration into the local church.

Why Youth & Family?


With the breakdown of the family, the demand is greater than ever for servants who can skillfully interpret the Bible and apply it to modern-day problems. Relationships can only be successful when biblical commands like humility, love, forgiveness, and hope are applied.

At Appalachian Bible College, you will first learn to exercise these principles in your own life. Then you will be ready to minister God’s grace and healing to others—whether through a formal counseling service, or by utilizing counseling principles in another area of ministry.

Career Ministry Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Bible / Theology and Youth & Family could lead to service as a:

  • Biblical Counselor
  • Youth Pastor or Youth Director
  • Associate Pastor or Assistant Pastor
  • Director of Children's Ministries
  • Christian Education Director
  • Discipleship Pastor
  • Women's Ministries Director
  • Singles Ministry Leader

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Christ-likeness befitting a role model for youth and families the ability and passion to impact youth and families for the glory of God.
Bible & Theology as a basis for a philosophy of youth and family ministry biblically-confident, family-equipping, and youth-discipling ministry.
The primary needs and responsibilities of youth and their parents the knowledge to design an age-appropriate, family-engaging ministry to youth and family.
Skills and a strategy for discipling and mentoring youth and families the ability to build an effective discipling ministry to youth and their families.

Youth & Family Courses

Youth & Family - Biblical Counseling Courses Youth & Family - Biblical Counseling Course Guide

What's Next?