"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4

Spiritual Care Training (2023-2024)

The Spiritual Care Ministry is excited to announce R/15 - a collection of opportunities to receive ongoing teaching and training in personal discipleship and biblical counseling. There are two components to the R/15 family of programs.

Foundations includes 2 courses: Basics of Personal Change and Basics of Biblical Counseling (must be taken in that order). Each course is approximately 13 weeks and includes video lessons, assigned reading and weekly classroom discussions. 
Building Blocks are continuing education opportunities for those who have completed both Foundations courses (or the equivalent from other churches/programs/schools).


Basics of Personal Change
The world is full of trouble because we have marred God’s design. On a personal level, we experience the effects of brokenness in ourselves and in those around us. In this course you will learn what Scripture says about why people do what they do and how Scripture is totally sufficient to change the believer to become progressively more like Jesus. This course covers 11 topics through the use of video lessons with outlines and notes, assigned reading, a case study and most importantly weekly discussion. Students can expect approximately 2 hours of homework each week, typically in the form of one video lesson, one chapter of reading and the occasional article. There is also one Saturday morning workshop that will do a deep dive into biblical conflict resolution.
Required reading: Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp


Basics of Biblical Counseling
Excited about what you learned in Basics of Personal Change? In this course, students study common but specific counseling issues such as anger, depression, and suffering along with marriage and parental problems by learning exactly how Scripture addresses them. Practically, students will learn how to instruct, encourage and offer hope to hurting people using the Bible. In addition, firm footing is gained by an in depth study of the theological underpinnings of biblical counseling. Two Saturday morning workshops are included that spotlight a mock counseling session by watching an observation video, and a case study practicum with seasoned counselors.
Required reading: A Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert

Building Blocks

Book Study 
This group will read and discuss 3-4 books per year. Each book will be selected with the intent of exploring various counseling related topics more thoroughly. Attend one or attend them all!

Building Blocks

Roundtable Supervision 
A quarterly Saturday morning workshop centered around watching one counseling observation video followed by discussion. Time will also be set aside to ask seasoned Christians and counselors about how to offer hope in real-life situations where members of the group are actively ministering.

Why Should You Take The R/15 Foundations Courses?

I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)

R/15 Program Information & Schedule

Full and partial scholarships are available.
Questions? Contact Diana Rosner

Foundations: Basics of Personal Change

 9/10/23 through 12/17/23
Sunday mornings 7:30 – 8:45 AM plus
Saturday Workshop on 10/28/23 from 8:30 – 12:00 PM
$50/person (includes course materials and required text)

(Download complete  Foundations schedule below)

Foundations: Basics of Biblical Counseling

1/14/24 through 5/12/24
Sunday mornings 7:30 – 8:45 AM plus
Two Saturday Workshops on 3/23/24 and 4/27/24 from 8:30 – 12:00 PM
$75/person (includes course materials and required text)

Building Blocks: Book Study

Sunday mornings 7:30 – 8:45 AM

Fall: Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God by Jay Adams
Sept. 10th and 24th
Oct. 8th and 22nd

Spring: The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life by Jeremy Pierre
Jan. 14th and 28th
Feb. 11th and 25th

Summer: Biblical Counseling and the Church: God's Care Through God's People by Bob Kelleman and Kevin Carson
June 2nd, 16th and 30th

Building Blocks: Roundtable Supervision

Saturday mornings 8:30 - 12:00 PM
Nov. 11th
Jan. 20th
June 8th

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