Biblical Counseling

Everyone Needs Wisdom

 

We all need sound counsel from a good person that knows what he is talking about.   Only one person fits that description - God.   He is the only righteous one who knows all things and whose counsel can be fully trusted.   He has provided us with his righteous standard, and he has given us enough of his knowledge to wisely navigate a sin-cursed world.

Everyone is a Counselor

Whether you know it or not, what you say and do has an influence on other people.  It might be good or bad, but you are always communicating something about what you believe, desire, and value.  The question is, is your influence biblical?  Is you advice biblical?  Are you actions biblical? Are your values biblical

We Truly Want to Help People with their Problems

Since he has given us His sufficient Word to guide us, we want understand what is says about our life and we want to help others follow Him. We don't want to offer help based on our own opinions, or worldly philosophies.  These do little more than help people feel better.  We want to offer true help.  We want to show people the glory of Christ, and the beauty of His wisdom.  We want to give people the truth of God's Word and teach them how to follow Him in the midst of their most difficult sufferings and temptations.

Simply put, we want to make true disciples of Christ. We want to do this for His praise and for their joy.

We Are Training Biblical Counselors

It is based on these convictions that we are training our people to use God's sufficient Word to help others grow in Christ-likeness.  We are making a concerted effort to equip our congregation with the knowledge, discernment, and skills necessary to give biblical counsel to those that need it.  There are three main areas that this training is meant to help us with.

1. Discipleship. This is the ongoing activity of the Church.  We want to make sure that everyone knows what the Bible says about the various issues of life so that we will all be prepared to face life's challenges in a godly way.

2. Informal Counseling. Informal counseling takes place whenever someone has a problem are in need of advice.  This is just two friend talking about life.  We want to equip our people with discernment from he scriptures that will help them give biblical advice to their friends, family, and neighbors.

3. Formal Counseling. Sometimes people face problems that are extremely difficult to overcome or that require much more focused help.  These types of scenarios often require more formal counseling to make sure that the person in need gets the serious counsel that they need.  Not everyone can or should be involved in this type of counseling.  But there are many people who are gifted and willing to be involved in more formal ways.  We want to equip our people so that they will have the skill and confidence to get involved in these situations.

The Format of Our Training:

Every Wednesday Night, we meet to do Biblical Counseling Training.  We are currently using resources from IBCD.org for our classroom content.  We watch lectures on various topics and then break into discussion groups afterward.

ACBC Certification

One of our goals in this training is to get as many people as possible certified with ACBC (The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors).  Certification takes place in three phases.  Our training at Providence is designed to help people through the process.  See below for an explanation of how.

Phase 1 - Learning
Requirements:
  1. Basic Training Course (30+ Hours)
  2. Observation of an ACBC Certified Counselor (10 Hours)
  3. Reading (1000 Pages from the Approved Reading List)

How we help you get certified

 

Phase 2 - Exams and Application
Requirements

ACBC Exam

  • Part 1 - Theological Exam (20 Essay Questions)
  • Part 2 - Counseling Exam (20 Essay Questions)

Application to ACBC

 

How we help you get certified
  • Periodically, we will have an ACBC Exam Class to walk you through the exam.
Phase 3 - Supervision
Requirements
How we help you get certified
  • Once you have passed the ACBC Exams, you will be put on a list of counselors to be assigned cases.  We will try to also have one of our Lead Counselors sit in with you to give you added support.