The Master’s University
by Rachel Miller
In 1991, The Master’s University became the first school to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical counseling. The program is, “designed to prepare God’s people to meet counseling-related needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and superior resources God provides.” Students at The Master’s University may obtain a B.A./M.A. in biblical studies with an emphasis in biblical counseling as either traditional or online students.
The biblical counseling program seeks to equip students to accurately understand and apply, and instruct others through God’s Word. They are committed to the authority and sufficiency of God’s Word to address all of man’s problems. They hold that, while secular psychology may provide helpful observations, only God’s Word can provide accurate interpretation and bring about effective hope and change. They affirm biblical counseling because they are, “committed to the Word of God as being authoritative Truth; because the only means of authentic change begins with faith in Jesus; and because the ultimate jurisdiction of counseling falls within the church.” They assert that while outside sources can be helpful, everything man needs to live a God-honoring life is contained within God’s Word.
TMU is connected with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and holds to the same biblical counseling model, as opposed to the integrational model of counseling. Students who receive their B.A./M.A. in Biblical Counseling have completed much of the work necessary to receive their ACBC certification. TMU also offers further study in biblical counseling through their Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling.
In 1991, Dr. John MacArthur authored Our Sufficiency in Christ in which he asserts that, “to possess the Lord Jesus Christ is to have every spiritual resource,” and that Christ is sufficient to provide for all man’s needs. That same year, as president of the university, he hired Dr. Robert Smith as the first biblical counseling faculty member at TMU. Dr. Wayne Mack was then hired in 1993 to head up the program at the graduate level. The departments have seen several changes in leadership at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The MABC program is now led by Dr. John Street, while Dr. Greg Gifford heads up the undergraduate counseling program. Dr. Ernie Baker is the online biblical counseling department chair.
Adjunct Undergraduate Faculty:
Former Undergraduate Faculty:
The Journal of Biblical Soul Care https://www.masters.edu/jbsc.html
The Master’s University Biblical Counseling faculty have written several books contributing to the field of biblical counseling, including:
How to Counsel Biblically – Master’s University Faculty
Think Biblically! – Master’s University Faculty
Marry Wisely, Marry Well – Ernie Baker
Helping Your Family Through PTSD – Greg Gifford
Christian Life Issues – Wayne Mack
Anger and Stress Management – Wayne Mack
To Be or not to Be a Church Member – Wayne Mack
God’s Solutions to Life’s Problems – Wayne Mack
Preparing for Marriage God’s Way – Wayne Mack
Strengthening Your Marriage – Wayne Mack
31 Ways to Be a “One–Another” Christian – Stuart Scott
Counseling the Hard Cases – Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert
Men Counseling Men – John Street
C. Blog Posts
The Master’s University does not practice counseling, but equips students for the work of counseling.
E. External Links
 “Biblical Counseling v. Psychology,” Dr. Greg Gifford, February 7, 2018, https://www.masters.edu/news/biblical-counseling-v-pyschology.html.
 John MacArthur, Our Sufficiency in Christ, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1991), 11.
 Greg Gifford, “History of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University,” Dec. 11, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sebP4aVxrU&feature=emb_logo.