Two institutions with a strong history of teaching the sufficiency of Scripture have combined forces to create one of the nation’s most comprehensive and accessible educational programs for biblical counseling. The program combines the strengths of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies (INS) in training men and women to serve Christ through the sufficiency of the Word of God.
Mid-America, a SACSCOC-accredited institution, is currently a leading force in providing undergraduate and graduate training for effective service in church-related and missions vocations. MABTS President, Dr. Spradlin comments, “I am blessed and thrilled that MABTS and INS can minister together to strengthen the Lord’s call to train ministers of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God is sufficient; our ministries will continue to stand on the Word and Its power.”
Likewise, INS Founder Dr. Jay E. Adams, Donn Arms, and the ministry of INS are at the forefront of a movement calling pastors and other Christian workers back to the Scriptures in their counseling ministry. Beginning with the publication of his book Competent to Counsel in 1970, Dr. Adams has been demonstrating the importance of understanding the sufficiency of the Word to bring about the kind of change that pleases God and genuinely helps the counselee. Both institutions, therefore, provide a solid foundation to stand upon the sufficiency of God’s Word in ministry and in giving Christ the preeminence in all things.
Combining the strengths of each institution in training men and women to counsel from God’s Word, our biblical counseling program offers students the opportunity to earn an accredited Master of Divinity (MDIV) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in biblical (nouthetic) counseling. Both degrees may be earned residentially through Mid-America or via our Connected Campus, our online degree program. If students do not desire to seek an accredited degree, however, they can take INS courses which are available online at nouthetic.org and earn a certificate of nouthetic counseling from MABTS. In addition, plans are in the works for students who have already taken courses through INS to receive credit for those courses toward an accredited degree in nouthetic counseling from MABTS.
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