Courses

 

G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling (3) An introduction to the basic theories and principles of psychology and counseling. Emphasis is placed on knowing the leading theories of psychology and counseling and evaluating them according to a Christian worldview. In addition, the course assists students to cultivate discernment in their understanding of themselves and others. Topics include an overview of the study of psychology, the historical development of psychology, theories of modern psychology, Christian psychology (integration), Biblical counseling, and an introduction to developing a counseling methodology.

M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling (2) Provides the student with a foundational theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling. Topics considered are the qualifications of the Biblical counselor, the sufficiency of the Scriptures and its epistemological consequences (including a survey of various approaches to the integration of psychology and theology), the sufficiency of Christ, a Biblical anthropology (including motivation, the role of faith in change, the immaterial/material make-up of man), basic principles of progressive sanctification, and the responsibility of the local church in Biblical counseling. Prerequisite: G-SS Introduction to Psychology and Counseling

M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling (2) Builds on the theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling taught in Foundations of Biblical Counseling by connecting it to a Biblical counseling methodology. The student will be taught the basic methods of counseling Biblically including assisting him or her (1) to understand the character and role of relationship in counseling, (2) to gather and interpret Biblically the details of the people's lives to whom they minister, (3) to have conversations with people who help them interpret and live their lives through the lens of the Bible, (4) to give structure and direction that provide people with encouragement and the opportunity to live life in its details with faith in Christ. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling and M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling

M-LC 403 Biblical Counseling Practicum (2) A capstone course that considers the practical application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling. The class is a seminar discussion course leading the student to greater application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling to his or her own life, friendships, and formal ministry opportunities. An extended self-counseling project, along with discussions of Biblical counseling opportunities and experiences will provide the core of this course. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

M-LC 632 Crisis Counseling (2) A look at understanding what a crisis is and how to counsel in such a situation from a Biblical perspective. A theology of crisis and suffering along with a Biblical model for counseling the suffering are presented. Specific crises considered include hospital emergencies, unexpected pregnancy, suicide, death, desertion (divorce), abuse and others. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

M-LC 633 Counseling Children (2) Opportunities and procedures for having a ministry of Biblical counseling to children and their parents in the home, local church, and school are presented. A special emphasis is placed on parenting principles and key issues in life as children grow and develop. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

M-LC 641 Marriage and Family Counseling (2) A study of the family relationships including how the Christian family functions according to Scripture, some points of stress and causes of breakdown, parent-child relationships, and appropriate counseling strategies for marriage and family harmony.

M-LC 642 Counseling Adolescents (2) Studies the basic Biblical skills needed in counseling adolescents along with the challenges that today's teenagers face. A study of the methods used to Biblically counsel through these challenges will be covered. Additional emphasis is placed upon uniting principles of a Biblical counseling ministry with various local church programs for adolescents and their parents. Prerequisite: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

 

Courses

 

 

M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling (2) Provides the student with a foundational theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling. Topics considered are the qualifications of the Biblical counselor, the sufficiency of the Scriptures and its epistemological consequences (including a survey of various approaches to the integration of psychology and theology), the sufficiency of Christ, a Biblical anthropology (including motivation, the role of faith in change, the immaterial/material make-up of man), basic principles of progressive sanctification, and the responsibility of the local church in Biblical counseling. Prerequisite: G-SS Introduction to Psychology and Counseling

 

M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling (2) Builds on the theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling taught in Foundations of Biblical Counselingby connecting it to a Biblical counseling methodology. The student will be taught the basic methods of counseling Biblically including assisting him or her (1) to understand the character and role of relationship in counseling, (2) to gather and interpret Biblically the details of the people's lives to whom they minister, (3) to have conversations with people who help them interpret and live their lives through the lens of the Bible, (4) to give structure and direction that provide people with encouragement and the opportunity to live life in its details with faith in Christ. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling and M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling

 

M-LC 403 Biblical Counseling Practicum (2) A capstone course that considers the practical application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling. The class is a seminar discussion course leading the student to greater application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling to his or her own life, friendships, and formal ministry opportunities. An extended self-counseling project, along with discussions of Biblical counseling opportunities and experiences will provide the core of this course. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

 

M-LC 621 Ministering to the Aging (2) A survey of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of the aging. The course also discusses ministering to the aging and involving them in the Lord's service.

 

M-LC 632 Crisis Counseling (2) A look at understanding what a crisis is and how to counsel in such a situation from a Biblical perspective. A theology of crisis and suffering along with a Biblical model for counseling the suffering are presented. Specific crises considered include hospital emergencies, unexpected pregnancy, suicide, death, desertion (divorce), abuse and others. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

 

M-LC 633 Counseling Children (2) Opportunities and procedures for having a ministry of Biblical counseling to children and their parents in the home, local church, and school are presented. A special emphasis is placed on parenting principles and key issues in life as children grow and develop. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

 

M-LC 641 Marriage and Family Counseling (2) A study of the family relationships including how the Christian family functions according to Scripture, some points of stress and causes of breakdown, parent-child relationships, and appropriate counseling strategies for marriage and family harmony.

 

M-LC 642 Counseling Adolescents (2) Studies the basic Biblical skills needed in counseling adolescents along with the challenges that today's teenagers face. A study of the methods used to Biblically counsel through these challenges will be covered. Additional emphasis is placed upon uniting principles of a Biblical counseling ministry with various local church programs for adolescents and their parents. Prerequisite: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling

 

Events

FaithFest

October 4

Make plans to attend the premier youth group event this fall. Evangelistic emphasis so teens can bring their friends.

Handbell Concert

October 24

Join us for an enjoyable concert featuring the solo handbell artistry of Christine Anderson.

Fall Bible Conference

November 3-7

Faith Board members and other personnel explore the theme For Our Admonition—Lessons from the Old Testament.

Impact Youth Conference

November 8–Owatonna, Minnesota

Bring your teens to a full day of activities and spiritual challenge.