Program Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree at Faith Bible Seminary is centered around the following mission and goals, with dependence upon God and the diligence of students and faculty.

Our Mission

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is a graduate-level program designed to equip pastors, missionaries, and lay men and women as biblical counselors in order to serve those in need within the student’s ministry community. Excellence in Biblical education and effective ministry is accomplished through biblical theological understanding in counseling matters, personal growth, and practical counseling experience.

Our Goals

Understanding the Sufficient Scriptures, as evidenced by:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the gospel and evangelical orthodoxy within its historical context.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Scripture as the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged with special emphasis on discernment regarding counseling issues.
  • A growing hermeneutical competence in understanding the message of Scripture and synthesizing its theology in order to apply truth to oneself, other believers and non-believers.
  • The ability to articulate the essence of Biblical Counseling as derived from the doctrines of justification and sanctification in the Scriptures:

Enhanced Academic Ability, as evidenced by:

  • A growing ability to research topics pertaining to truth claims by psychology and other related sciences and critically evaluate these trends and practices from a Scriptural basis.
  • A growing ability to responsibly engage in scholarly discourse on issues in counseling.

Spiritual Growth, as evidenced by:

  • A life that demonstrates commitment to being a humble disciple of Christ and growing in obedience to His commands, learning to frame life in terms of loving God wholeheartedly and loving one’s neighbor.
  • A growing dependence on and submission to the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the context of relationships.

Valuing Relationships, as evidenced by:

  • A commitment to caring and praying for the physical and spiritual needs of one another during the seminary experience.
  • A growing ability to minister the Word to one another through encouragement, exhortation, confrontation, and vulnerable sharing of God’s work in one’s own life.

Preparation for Service, as evidenced by:

  • The growing ability to minister to hurting people using the truth of Scripture in individual contexts.
  • A commitment to train others in biblical counseling.
  • A growing ability to minister effectively in a church even when the individual is not a formal part of the leadership team.