Counseling Services

We exist to offer hope and encouragement to Texas Baptists struggling with difficult life issues.


Our Services Include:

  • Confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families.
  • Counseling resources for all Texas Baptists.
  • Group presentations on mental health topics to promote overall well-being and healthy living.

The Process

  • Contact Katie Swafford at (800) 388-2005 or by email at: .
  • Information regarding your situation will be gathered to identify needs.
  • Financial needs, location and counseling specialties will be considered.
  • Resources or referrals will be offered based upon assessed needs of the individual or family.
  • Counseling subsidy funds for ministers may be allocated per certain criteria and as available.

Sandy Sirkel

Ministry Assistant, Counseling Services


(214) 887-5474

Substance Abuse

Almost every family and church is impacted in some way by substance abuse. The BGCT’s Christian Life Commission addresses the issue of substance abuse primarily through prevention and education strategies. Click here to learn more.

Rays of hope result from counseling

by Katie Swafford — November 12, 2014

A senior pastor struggling with his marriage. A worship pastor battling a pornography addiction. A youth pastor wrestling with depression. A children’s pastor trying to cope with anxiety. A minister’s spouse dealing with depression after a forced termination. A ministry couple struggling with a child embracing an alternative lifestyle. Grief, burnout, substance use, eating disorders, stress, transition, trauma, pre-marital counseling, personal growth and a host of other issues have been the subject of conversation for Texas Baptist Counseling Services this past year. Regardless of the struggle Texas Baptists find themselves…

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