The BGCT offers hope and encouragement for ministers and BGCT affiliated organizational staff struggling with difficult life issues through education and counseling resources. The Counseling Services Director can assist staff in locating a trained professional counselor from an approved network across the state of Texas to meet specific individual or familial needs. Texas Baptist Counseling Services exists to connect Texas Baptists to appropriate counseling resources and promote well-being.
The BGCT offers confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families. The initial assessment will be conducted by phone, in order to provide referral to one of the more than 100 approved professionals across Texas. Limited funds are available to subsidize sessions for short-term treatment. BGCT provides a counseling subsidy for qualified candidates. Katie Swafford, Director of Counseling Services, is responsible for the initial assessment and referral services. Educational presentations on mental health topics are also available to promote overall well-being and healthy living.
BGCT-affiliated ministers and family members interested in counseling should call Katie Swafford at 800-388-2005 or inquire by email at counselingservices@
Texas Baptists Counseling Services is committed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the minister from the first call through the last counseling session. Subsidy funds will be allocated as available. When subsidy funds are used, measures are taken to protect the privacy of the individual and payment is made by the BGCT Subsidy Fund directly to the counselor. Following utilization of services, a Satisfaction Survey is sent to the client to determine the effectiveness of the services.