by Jacob Kuschtke, correspondent
Moody Bible Institute has recently been named the top Christian college for a counseling degree in 2018, in a list by Kirsten Hughes of bestcounselingdegrees.net.
The list covers many bachelor degrees, both in arts and sciences, including, but not limited to, professional counseling, counseling psychology, biblical counseling, and pre-counseling—for which Moody has been named top.
Hughes writes, “Graduates of these programs can choose to go directly into the workforce in the human service field or pursue graduate study.” These degrees open doors of work and service, as well as higher education, in a wide range of counseling contexts. Hughes also states, “Additionally, many of these schools prepare graduates to work in a church setting.”
The article says those who graduate from Moody’s human services major, will have specific tools to be able to serve and counsel.
Hughes says, “Bachelor of arts in pre-counseling graduates will have a strong Christian faith and counseling framework to effectively provide services to individuals and families in a range of contexts.”
“In my classes at Moody, I developed the conviction that no one is lost or broken beyond Christ’s ability to heal,” Juliane, an alumna from Kandern, Germany with a BA in pre-counseling, said on the program’s web site. “Now, I remember that Christ’s love can make all things new and heal all wounds.”
It can be said that this is a sum of what the human services program is about. One of the student learning objectives for the major states: “Students successfully completing the bachelor of arts in pre-counseling program will be able to… Evidence fundamental skills in helping that enable the student to minister to individuals and groups as well as to mentor other in the Christian faith.”
Dr. Michael Milco, professor of pre-counseling and human services, was a pastor for 22 years and heads the major’s program here at Moody; he has authored the book “Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership,” a book which grew out of his own experiences in counseling as a pastor. When asked what he would like for all who go through the program to come away with from it, he answered, “To be confident of who they are in Christ.” He also expressed that one reason the counseling program at Moody is so large is due to the availability of job placement upon graduation. In addition, he said, “Embracing our whole humanity is important.”
Jonathan Ross, a sophomore human services major, shared his experience with counseling. He said, “Well I come from a background of emotional trauma and addiction. About six years ago the Lord pulled me out of that lifestyle through a program called Teen Challenge.” He then went on to work at the same center for three years upon graduation. He said, “During that time God revealed to me a passion to counsel guys and walk with them through the same difficulties and traumas.”
He continued, “I hope to minister to people in a holistic way, meaning the whole person. I would like to address physical, mental, and spiritual matters from a biblical perspective. Doing this will allows people to experience a level of wholeness that will set them free to further the Kingdom of God themselves.”