Training Biblical Counseling Trainers
Based on 2 Timothy 2:2, OIC teaches the principles of Biblical Counseling from the Word of God to faithful men who will train others also.
That statement may cause you to ask a very important question: What do you mean by “biblical counseling?”
In simple terms, biblical counseling is the ministry of graciously applying the truths of the Bible to the challenges of life.
We believe and teach that the Bible speaks authoritatively to every issue of life. More specifically, we believe that the Bible ultimately points people to a Person – Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Redeemer – so real change occurs when people learn to understand themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ.
Here are the main means we use to train, support, and encourage Biblical counseling trainers:
The seminars provide an overview of biblical sufficiency-based personal ministry, including what is biblical counseling and how do you do it.
The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is designed for those who desire to enhance ministry or teach at a college level with a focus in the area of counseling. The program requires 60 hours and is normally completed in five years. Students are grouped into cohorts in a modular format and pursue objectives, including a general knowledge of the Bible, a core of counseling classes, and an understanding of a theology that is biblical. Students are also instructed in the methods of research and writing.
While our main ministry work is to train biblical counseling trainers worldwide, we see and hear about the significant need of missionaries and other foreign field workers, particularly disaster relief workers, for biblical soul care. So, we are encouraged to be able to provide a new ministry aspect, namely soul care for missionaries and disaster relief workers.
We are currently involved in various translation work that seeks to make our program content and other biblical counseling resources available to a greater amount of people. Gifted individuals work to translate our curriculum materials and have also completed 60 other resources in Arabic alone. This is a part of OIC’s ministry that is constantly growing and developing.