In recent days, I’ve come to understand there is some confusion about BGCT’s counseling and psychological services. While the convention did eliminate it’s counseling and psychological services staff, it continues to support ministers who need counseling by strengthening a network of qualified counselors across the state.
Here’s some more information about the BGCT counseling efforts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dan McGee via the the contact information at the bottom of this post.
DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas offers counseling and psychological services for ministers and their families.
While the BGCT has eliminated its psychological services staff, it has asked Dan McGee, who once led the convention’s counseling efforts, to lead the work to help ministers and their families find respected counselors who can help.
McGee is further strengthening the network of counselors across the state he helped establish while working with the BGCT. Each person in the network has been thoroughly researched and comes with strong recommendations.
“Pursuing ministry as a vocation is a spiritually, physically and emotionally difficult pathway to walk,” McGee said. “The burnout and dropout rate is high, and for Baptist ministers there is no ecclesiastical safety net. Isolation is what I notice first among those we have worked with over the years. According to one study, 70% of ministers do not have someone they consider a close friend. ”
In addition to connecting ministers with counselors, McGee continues to provide assistance to ministers who have questions about counseling issues. He also conducts tests to help staff members better understand each other and work together.
The BGCT provides some financial assistance for ministers who receive counseling through this network.
For more information about counseling and psychological services, contact McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-388-2005.