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Ep. 339 What Is the Difference between Christian and Biblical Counseling?

Ep. 339 What Is the Difference Between Christian and Biblical Counseling

Shows Main Idea – Rick answers two questions in this episode. First, what is the difference between Christian counseling and biblical counseling? And do you have any updates on the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC) debacle from 2018? Understanding counseling and counseling movements are… Continue Reading …

Ep. 337 Four Mastermind Students Share Their Program Experience

Ep. 337 Four Mastermind Students Share Their Program Experience

Shows Main Idea – A potential Mastermind student had some questions about our all online training. I asked her to ask those questions to our students. In this episode, four of our students share their perspectives about the program—the expectations, struggles, and benefits. If you’re… Continue Reading …

Ep. 317 The False Assurance of Knowing Something

Ep. 317 The False Assurance of Knowing Something

Shows Main Idea – It’s time for the biblical counseling movement to rethink our assurances about how we train and continue to educate biblical counselors. The old, standard strategy is to provide training, have the student complete fifty hours of counseling, reviewed remotely—typically—by a busy… Continue Reading …

Ep. 301 Explanation of Our Three-Phase Mastermind Training

Ep. 301 Explanation of Our Three-Phase Mastermind Training

Shows Main Idea – We have changed our Mastermind Program to three phases of training so any student will have a better training experience that adapts to who God has made them to be, how to best use their unique gifts, and to discover how… Continue Reading …

Ep. 300 A Four-Point Leadership Analysis To Evaluate Yourself

Ep. 300 A Four Point Leadership Analysis to Evaluate Yourself

Shows Main Idea – In this episode, Rick walks you through the four-point leadership assessment process that he implements to help his students identify their strengths and weaknesses while giving them an idea of how they can best serve God in their communities. These four… Continue Reading …

Ep. 294 What Is the Best Way to Start a Ministry Similar to Yours?

Ep. 294 What Is the Best Way to Start a Ministry Similar to Yours?

Shows Main Idea – A friend asked Rick for the best way to start a ministry like his. She was inspired to share the practical gospel of Christ with a hurting world. The current downward spiral of cultural and political climate is what’s motivating her.… Continue Reading …

Ep. 283 Why Our Counselor Training Program Is unlike Any Other

Ep. 283 Why Our Counselor Training Program Is Unlike Any Other

Shows Main Idea – One of the things that I talk about in our Mastermind program is how there is no passing or failing: how traditional education and training work. Appealing for a good grade could be one of the worst things we could do… Continue Reading …

Ep. 254 The Repercussions of Being a Certified Biblical Counselor

Ep. 254 The Repercussions of Being a Certified Biblical Counselor

Shows Main Idea – Test yourself: when you think of a certified biblical counselor, what comes to mind? The more direct question is, do you believe a certified biblical counselor is a skilled counselor? Within the biblical counseling world, there are options for a person… Continue Reading …

Ep. 247 Our 12-Year Anniversary Ministry Update

Ep. 247 Our 12-Year Anniversary Ministry Update

Shows Main Idea – July 03, 2008, was the first day of this ministry. I wrote a blog post, not knowing where it would go. Eventually, came podcasts, videos, interactive forums, counseling school, books, speaking events, and much more.  We are about to begin our… Continue Reading …

Ep. 235 Is It a Good Idea to Expect Pastors to Be Biblical Counselors?

Ep. 235 Will You Stop Expecting Pastors to Be Biblical Counselors?

Shows Main Idea – Should pastors have the skillset to do biblical counseling? I’m talking about an ability to care for all people in any situation, no matter the degree of difficulty. Though everyone can disciple and pastors should be able to do it better… Continue Reading …