Passion & Purpose
What is IRBC?
The Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling is an inter-denominational organization that is strongly committed to the Word of God. We believe God’s Word is sufficient to address all of a person’s counseling-realted problems (see our Statements Concerning the Sufficiency of Scripture). Along with our commitment to the Word is a commitment to our passion and purpose.
Bringing the Light of God’s Word from a Reformed Perspective to All People Via the Venue of Biblical Counseling
This passion is primarily accomplished by the offering of a basic training course in Biblical Counseling. Various seminars, conferences, and retreats also play a part. IRBC primarily functions as a vehicle for training potential counselors, and providing educational materials on Biblical counseling and topical issues to those interested, rather than directly overseeing counseling.
To Provide Reformed Biblical Counseling Training and Assistance in Establishing Cooperative Reformed Biblical Counseling Centers Across the United States of America
Our vision (purpose) is currently being carried out by making our counseling training available in various places throughout the United States of America. Our hope and prayer is that those who receive training will utilize it in their families, congregations, and neighborhoods, ministering to those that are suffering in an informal manner. Some may decide to pursue further formal counseling certification, and be used to minister to counselees at a counseling center. We seek to help various Reformed congregations establish regional counseling centers that are directly overseen by the consistories/sessions of their churches. In this way, specific denominational positions and doctrines on various topics that are held by the individual Reformed churches overseeing the centers can be maintained. To be an IRBC member church, and/or an overseeing church for a counseling center affiliated with IRBC, however, does require a belief in the sufficiency/authority of Scripture, and an ahderence to Reformed or Presbyterian confessions (which includes at least one of the following: The Three Forms of Unity, The Westminster Standards, The Westminster Confessions with Limited Modifications–such as The Savoy Declaration and The London-Baptist Confession of 1689). The counseling centers that are established function to provide a venue for counseling opportunities to those within the church and local community, and also enable mentoring for those who desire to pursue certification (i.e., who need to fulfill supervised counseling requirements).