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LBCI History and Overview

History and Overview, SRM and ACBC relationship

  • National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) began in 1976 in an effort to insure biblical integrity and excellence in biblical counseling
    • Comprised: various conferences (training centers, schools), media (books, audio, podcast) and networking experiences to advance the biblical counseling movement
    • The doctrine is conservative and practical
    • Biblical counseling regards caring and guiding the whole-person based on Scripture alone
  • Objectives: train men and women…
    • to trust Christ for eternity and today (2 Cor. 5:9)
    • to rightly divide the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15)
    • to come alongside a person in times of loss, pain, suffering and/or crisis and provide practical biblical care and instruction for restoration and formation in Christ (Rom. 15:14; 2 Cor. 3:18)
    • to speak truth and love into a person’s life (Eph. 4:15)
    • to disciple others (2 Tim. 2:2)
  • In 2013, NANC changed their name to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) to broaden their reach from national to international.
    • Last year over 6,000 people trained with ACBC
    • Currently, there are over 2,000 Certified counselors
  • To become certified, ACBC requires a person to complete a 3-phase process (listed below)
  • At the SRM, certification is a requirement for our Chaplains/Counselors
    • The first SRM Chaplain became certified in 1998

LBCI is a ministry of the SRM and partner with ACBC

  • Objectives (what is LBCI offering?)
    • An ACBC approved 30-hours course in biblical counseling basics. Advanced/specialty courses
    • Able to observe live counsel of an ACBC certified counselor
    • Written exam help
    • Biblical counseling for the public
  • Who is this for?
    • Men and women passionate about biblical counseling
    • Men and women who desire to learn/sharpen/refresh their understanding of practical theology
    • Specifically: Pastors, Elders/Deacons, Ministry Leaders, Church Members, Professionals and Students
  • Where?
    • 10 Mill Street, Springfield, MA (SRM main facility)
    • We are currently the only ACBC Training Center in New England
  • When?
    • LBCI Conference held annually.  Planning is underway for spring courses (11 hours/weekend, Friday night – Saturday day format). Registration is required.  Please email me your name, phone number and current home church. We will contact you shortly with the next steps.  Please keep in mind, due to Covid -19 and to keep everyone safe, this conference is limited to 30 people.  Email James McGowan at jmcgowan@springfieldrescuemission.org
    • Planning is underway for the next 30-hour ‘basics’ conference in early 2021
  • Why?
    • To equip the Saints to become ACBC certified counselors
    • To support the Church to share the Gospel and improve discipleship skills
    • To leverage the gifts and experiences of the Christian to minister to their neighbor (2 Cor. 1:3-9)