Our History


Attending to the needs and issues of hurting people today is complex, and at times , overwhelming. As today’s generations search for purpose, meaning and value, many are experiencing a pervasive sense of emptiness and loneliness. And why shouldn’t they?

In a world flooded with distresses like divorce, father absence, rampant sexual abuse, terrorism, anxiety and depression, there seems to be an epidemic of escapism through drugs, alcohol, consumerism, sex, violence and suicide. Dallas Willard alluded to this in his book on spiritual disciplines and stated, “Obviously, the problem is a spiritual one. And so must be the cure.”

Although it appears to be the worst of times, something seems to be happening across America — people are searching for God. According to a recent Gallop survey, 82% desire a more intimate relationship with God. Up 24% in just the last four years! (1)

I’m reminded of Isaiah 6:8, when the Lord asked, “And whom shall I send, and who will go for me?” I never cease to be amazed that God’s desire is to use people — like you and me — to carry His message of hope in Christ to a searching and hurting world. If there is ever a time for Godly leadership, servanthood and Biblical counsel — it is now. (2)

In the AACC, we understand the challenges in helping others. And whether you are a pastor, clinician, physician or lay helper, we exist to serve you faithfully as you care for others. As a member, we’ll help you become more aware of current trends and issues in counseling, deliver cutting-edge services and offer timely resources — all designed to help increase your counseling effectiveness. As we grow together, we will work to:

Help you handle the Bible with confidence while dealing with life’s most difficult and trying issues.

Offer insight on clinical issues and patterns that have emerged through reflection, research and scholarship.

Provide practical tools and strategies to help you in your day-to-day ministry.

Offer standards and direction in handling the tough legal, ethical and gray areas of counseling.

In a very short time, AACC has become the leading organization for professional, pastoral and lay counselors. Nearly 50,000 members have found a place for “professional affiliation” and a “place to belong” — an organization that provides support, education, resources and encouragement, and strives to be practical, Biblically-based and clinically excellent.