Current Courses at The Center
In TRANSFORMED BY TRUTH you will discover how biblical truth and theology can practically empower personal change and counseling ministry. You be equipped in a biblical view of God, self, the gospel, troubling emotions, chemical imbalances, addictions, eating disorders, grief and more. There are 24 sessions in all but you can register for any of the sessions individually.
Every session from this training is available onsite and online . This course is certified by A.C.B.C. and I.A.B.C. and is used for both those who are in need of change and those who desire to help those in need.
This will give you access to all three parts of this course described below.
TUESDAY EVENING FEBRUARY 21 630-830pm
Come hear a dynamic overview of the most important life-changing concepts taught in this course. This session is free of charge so that you and any guest you bring will get a first hand view of what makes LCBCC's training courses life- transforming. This session can be attended onsite or watched live online.
AT YOUR OWN PACE
WEEKLY LIVE DISCUSSION
You will be enrolled in our online school Transformed by Truth course which includes 24 sessions. (See below for detailed description). To help you stay on track and enhance your learning, each Tuesday evening (2/28 through 3/28 at 6:30-7:30pm), you can participate in the weekly class discussions whether onsite or online. This is not mandatory. There is no cost for former students.
REGISTER THIS SECTION ($160 includes kickoff, weekly discussions & practicum classes)
April 4 To April 25
This is the practical section of the course in which you will get "real" with the biblical theories of change. Our director will lead the class through how to use the many practical counseling assignments and handouts provided in the manual. Some students will participate in mock counseling sessions in which the entire class will give input under the supervision of our director. All formed students are encouraged to participate in this brand new practicum section. There is no cost for former students.
Detailed Descriptions OF SESSIONS
The following topics are fully covered in 24 sessions in "Transformed by Truth" training by our director, Tim Bryant (click for bio). The training includes a 300 plus page notebook full of outlines and practical assignments to help implement the concepts taught. Our material can be used to go toward A.C.B.C or I.A.B.C. Certification.
(If you desire to enroll in individual sessions, click below on those sessions you desire.)
Session 1 - Choosing Truth over Theories - Every person is nourished and guided by what they believe. Bad beliefs will lead to bad perspectives, bad desires and thus bad living; biblical beliefs alone, when empowered by the Holy Spirit, will lead to transformation.When facing a challenge, do you turn to the Truth of Scripture for what you will believe as you handle the trial or temptation, or do you turn to the opinions of self and others? This session will address these questions and help you be persuaded by the answers in the Bible.
Session 2-4 Gaining a Transforming View of God - How does a person really change? 2 Corinthians 3:18 makes clear that all true Christians have the potential to be progressively transformed into the image of Christ by more fully beholding the glory of Christ. These two sessions will guide you in life-changing amazement of the attributes of Christ – specifically His Sovereignty, His Holiness, His Love and His Wisdom. You will discover practical ways to effectively meditate on the person of Christ so as to be radically affected in what you love most, fear most, and trust most.
Session 5 - Developing a Biblical View of Satan - Who is the Devil? How does he work? How are we to respond? Since Satan is deceptive, always appearing as an angel of light, we must be informed about who he is, how he works, and how we are to respond! Learn the four basic characteristics of Satan’s war against us and form a basic biblical view of spiritual warfare. Evaluate where you are most vulnerable to the destructive work of Satan. Is there some area of your Christian life that you are having to "fake it"? Where are you struggling to do the right thing? You can arm yourself against your most crucial area of vulnerability to Satan. This class presents the bulk of what growing and victorious Christians need to know to develop a biblical strategy of resistance to the enemy of our souls.
Session 6 - How to Study your Bible for Life-Change - As you may ascertain, Biblical counselors get their counsel from the Bible! In this session, you will learn how to be a diligent student of the Bible in order to experience radical transformation and help others to do the same. Come learn what it means to really be “in the Word” daily. You will be given personal Bible study methods so that your time in the Word will inspire and instruct you to possess a powerful faith, love, surrender, humility, trust, and godly fear before God.
Session 7 - Developing a Biblical View of Sin and Self - “What’s my problem – why do I struggle?” Come learn to build counseling solutions on an accurate view of man and sin and the gospel. There is hope for any family or any person in any situation when solutions are built on the key doctrines of Scripture. We will go back to the garden of Eden to study who we were created to be and where our problems began. We will continue to walk through various text of Scripture to deepen our understanding of self and sin. The more we see ourselves and our sin like God does, the more we will desire to deal with sin and temptation like God does. Our depravity unchecked can begin a downward spiral which leads to enslavement.
Session 8 - Gaining a Transforming View of the Gospel - Salvation in Christ is the goal and foundation of counseling and true change. In salvation, God has given us more than forgiveness of sin, but freedom from sin. Through salvation, all the sin-resisting and obedience-surrendering power of Christ abides in you! “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” Gal. 2:20. Come learn to build counseling solutions on an accurate view of the gospel. There is hope for any family or any person in any situation when solutions are built on the key doctrines of Scripture.
Session 9-10 Troubling Emotions and Chemical Imbalances (The Bible and Psychiatry) In this two part series you will be given Biblical perspectives to questions like: Where do troubling emotions come from? How do we handle them? Did my brain make me feel, think and do bad or did my spiritual condition? If the brain didn't make me, did the brain at least play a part? How do I strengthen both my heart attitude as I encounter physical weakness and malady that seem to effect my emotions and mental outlook. You will in this workshop begin to understand how to respond to what often is diagnosed as a chemical imbalance. You will discover practical, biblical ways and resources to greatly help and possibly completely reduce the emotional and cognitive symptoms associated with such diagnoses.
Session 11 Hope for the Suffering - Do you know how to counsel a suffering Christian? What would your primary goal be? How can you offer them hope? This class presents a biblical view of God and His purposes in suffering. Learn what the Bible says about our response in times of suffering. Find strength and hope through understanding God's plan to redeem suffering for the good of His children and to His glory!
Session 12 Hope for the Grieving - When a fellow believer has experienced major loss or is facing death, are you equipped to set before them the biblical hope offered in scripture? Learn to share your view of God’s absolute sovereignty, unfathomable wisdom and abundant goodness with those who are grieving. Understand why secular counseling falls short in this area but how biblical counseling.
Session 13-14 Victory Over Addiction - When man is addicted to a substance, activity, or state of mind, it becomes the center of his life and he is bound and enslaved to it. The good news is that Jesus came to set us free! (John 8:36) In this session you will learn the biblical solutions to addictions, starting with finding the root of the addiction and addressing the specific, daily steps to overcoming addiction. You will find that the solution is found in a relationship to Jesus and letting Him control your life.
Session 15-16 Victory over Eating Disorders - In this class you will learn about Anorexia and Bulimia and how to get to the heart of a person who struggles with the disorder. You will discover the thought patterns that enslave someone with an eating disorder and how to help them trust Jesus with their lives instead of seeking “self-exaltation” as Eve did. A person with anorexia must come to believe that giving their life to Jesus is a far better reward than gaining the praise or acceptance of man.
Session 17 Obsessive and Compulsive (Freedom from Enslaving Fears) - What do obsessions and compulsions reveal about you and your belief in God? Understand the controlling nature of fear and how such idolatrous fear can lead to obsessive behavior and the corresponding compulsions. Learn practical, biblical solutions to bring about change in the counselee who presents fear-based obsessive and compulsive behavior.
Session 18 Crisis Pregnancy Counselor Training - Become equipped to counsel in one of the toughest and most life-threatening situations. Beginning with what the mother believes about God and His view of the baby and abortion, equip yourself to discuss the realities of the life within her as well as the realities of the abortion procedure. Learn how to address the standard "exceptions" and Christ's view of these through scripture. Understand how to present adoption options, spiritual discipleship through a local church, and access to physical, medical, and financial help. Included are resources for counseling those struggling with post-abortion grief, forgiveness, and restoration.
Session 19-20 Overcoming Legalism - Where do legalistic attitudes really come from? Transform a judgmental heart by learning to use the principles and precepts of scripture in discerning God’s standards and understanding His grace. Develop grace-based attitudes towards others through scriptural truth. Learn the modern definition of legalism (perfectionism or OCD), and understand how we get "bound" to or motivated by the wrong god, the wrong audience, or the wrong prize. Recognize how these unbiblical attitudes are expressed in slavish obedience to man-made standards rather than God's standards. Gain insight into the power of scripture to displace the judgmental spirit and help you gain a biblical understanding of Grace!
Session 21-22 Developing a Biblical Counseling Ministry in the Local Church - Based on the teachings of Paul in Romans 15:14 and Col 3:16, this class introduces the idea of establishing a counseling ministry. You will come to understand the responsibility of the church body in this process as directed in scripture. Strategies and guidelines are given for setting up accountability, follow-up and practices that keep the mission of the local church central to the mission.
Session 23-24 The Bible and Psychology (Discernment in an Age of Therapy) - Have you heard or thought these type of statement before, "The Bible is not a book on counseling so it doesn’t work on many complex counseling situations.” Even though we believe the Bible is authoritative, we may wonder how sufficient is it in providing solutions to the difficult cases in counseling. By attending this workshop you will come to understand that this just is not true. Come learn to build on the foundation of Scripture in counseling change, no matter how difficult the case, without veering off into building on secular theories of change that do not depend upon Christ. Psychology can observe facts but not, apart from the aid of Scripture, understand or solve the deepest problems.