In early October my wife and I took a trip to Indiana for the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC puts a great conference together each year, and this year the organization was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attending as representatives of Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries, we had something special to celebrate too. Following several years of work, GBCM has become a certified training center for ACBC.

From ACBC’s website:

ACBC Certified Training Centers are institutions that have been vetted and approved by ACBC to offer all of the training, reading, and observations that are required for Phase 1 of ACBC Certification.

Our training centers represent a variety of institutions. From seminaries to local churches, medical clinics, and non-profit counseling centers, all ACBC Certified Training Centers offer the same excellent ACBC training in biblical counseling.

Certified Training Center ministries are vital to the Biblical Counseling movement and to ACBC. Each has been considered and approved by the ACBC Board in terms of both counseling and counselor training ministries. As Certified Centers, the classes offered by each center fulfill the ACBC education requirements for education toward ACBC Membership. ACBC values these vital partners in our mutual purposes of effective communication of God’s Word in our time.

We are thrilled to continue training, equipping, and supporting biblical counselors in this new capacity as a certified training center.

As we look ahead to a new year, and consider this new opportunity God has given us as a training center, we would appreciate your prayers that He would be glorified in all that we plan and do.

While God is faithful to change hearts and minds in the lives of His children, we also understand that change is a process, and often times far from simplistic or quick. Habits of life and thinking tend to change over time as the Holy Spirit works in hearts. This process of change is called “progressive sanctification.” It can be helpful and sometimes necessary to seek help from other Christians who can faithfully lead and walk with us, providing biblical encouragement and instruction along the way for the implementation of God-honoring, Christ-centered change. If you are struggling with life’s challenges, we would encourage you to seek help from your pastor, a godly friend, or a biblical counselor who is committed to seeking answers from God’s Word. To find a biblical counselor you can contact us or visit biblicalcounseling.com to find a counselor in your area.

Born and raised in the Dallas area, Ryan loves calling Texas his home. He met his wife Jessica at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, where he serves on staff and is a counselor for Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and in May 2015 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership.

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