Growth Counselling Institute

Biblical Counselling Training and Development

Awareness & Adoption

We foster awareness of biblical counselling online and through in-person events


We provide counselling training, accreditation, support and accounability

Biblical Counselling

Our trained staff provide counselling for people based in New Zealand who want help

Professional Development

We connect biblical counsellors and provide ongoing training and development

Our Mission

To foster the creation of healthy biblical counselling ministries in local churches through training, accreditation, and awareness of primacy of Scripture in counselling and Christian living.

Get involved

Growth Counselling Institute is a new organization based in New Zealand, focused on the promotion, training, development and adoption of biblical counselling in New Zealand and Australia. We can’t do this alone, so consider getting involved.

There are three ways to be involved.

  1. Join the mailing list to stay up to date
  2. Donate to support the work
  3. Become a member


We recently launched our Growth Counselling Institute Membership. Members get ongoing development, support, guidance, accountability, training and much more. 

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Growth Counselling Institute Leadership Team

James Glanville

James earned a PhD in Christian counselling in South Africa, but was convinced of the importance of biblical counselling toward the end of his doctorate. He has been involved in biblical counselling ministries including crisis counselling in South Africa and New Zealand. He and his family live in Napier and he ministers at Onekawa Bible Church.

Darryl Burling

Darryl graduated from The Master's Seminary in 2015 and has a PhD in biblical counselling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He helps students learn to read New Testament Greek fluently at He lives in New Plymouth with his family and serves as an elder at Faith Bible Church.

John Hayles

John is passionate about the word of God and provides the business sense to Growth Counselling Institute. He also fits the profile of those we believe will be interested in learning biblical counseling. He owns and manages his own small design consulting company specializing on oil and gas pipelines. He resides in New Plymouth and serves on the leadership team of Faith Bible Church.