Starting a Biblical Counseling Ministry - Digital Video

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A nine session video series that explores starting a counseling ministry in your church.

Is your ministry ready to begin counseling hurting people in a meaningful and God-honoring manner? We developed this training to assist ministries desiring to begin a structured Christ-honoring counseling program. A counseling ministry can be one of the best ways to expand ministry influence and make a difference for the cause of Christ.

Sessions include:

  • History and Current Status of Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries
  • Why Start a Counseling Ministry
  • Legal Issues in Counseling (This video is included free of charge, as due to a a technical issue the video feed is absent until the 19:55 mark.  However, the audio feed is complete.)
  • Choosing Leaders and Getting Them Trained
  • Determining the Key Steps to Starting a Counseling Ministry
  • Importance and Blessing of Lay Leader Involvement
  • Managing the Counseling Office
  • Developing Meaningful Advertising
  • Evaluating Progress and Looking for Potential Growth Opportunities

Conference Instructors

Joe Blake serves as Chairman of Deacons at Faith Church. He has served in leadership positions for every strategic plan that Faith has produced. Joe founded IronMen, a property development and management company. 

Rob Green is the Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; married with three children; B.S., Engineering Physics, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA); Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA). He is the author of several works including Tying the Knot; Not Tonight, Honey; Reuniting After Military Deployment; Leaving Your Family Behind; A Father's Guide to Raising Boys and a contributing author to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling and Scripture and Counseling.

Arvid Olson has served as Faith Ministries development director for over 15 years. He has an extensive background in production and presentation logistics, marketing, brand management, public relations and fund development. He serves on the Chamber Council of Greater Lafayette Commerce.

Dr. Robert Smith is a retired physician; ACBC board member; ACBC Fellow; member of the ACBC Academy; author; conference speaker; co-founder of Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; former instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries. He is the author of The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference; Authority Issues; Fibromyalgia; Biblical Principles of Sex; Deacon Training Workbook and Leader’s Guide; Life After Divorce Workbook and Leader Guide as well as other works.

Steve Viars has served as pastor and counselor at Faith for over 30 years. He is an international speaker and board member of both the Biblical Counseling Coalition and Vision of Hope. He is the author of Putting Your Past in its Place and was a managing editor of Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling

Dr. Dan Wickert is a Board Certified Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology; ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; Vision of Hope board member; Faith Christian School board member; married with two children; B.S., Biology, Bradley University; M.D., University of Illinois. He is the co-author of Infertility: Comfort for Your Empty Arms and Heavy Heart; Menopause: Help for the Hot and Bothered: and PMS: When It’s That Time of the Month.


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