About UsTraining the saints to certification in biblical counseling
Rod and Staff Ministries (RSM) is an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Training Center. We train men and women to certification under ACBC guidelines, provide continued teaching and support to biblical counselors, and counsel those who need help solving the problems of life in God’s ways.
What is Our Passion?
Rod and Staff Ministries (RSM) is passionate about equipping the churches to help the saints live above circumstance. Our commission is not to counsel for the churches, but to equip the churches to counsel their people with the hope giving, joy producing, God honoring, living Word. Equipping the churches entails equipping the saints.
Our vision is a network of equipped biblical counselors who elevate and make known the truths of biblical counseling/discipleship to all of life within the local churches. A three-semester, apprenticeship-training program is designed to bring that vision to reality. This training program provides an actual biblical counseling setting in which trainees can observe and assist in the learning process.
We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3), ministry that provides training worth over $200,000 at a discounted rated and offers nearly $250,000 of free counsel every year through the generous support of individuals, churches, and businesses.
Why Does Rod and Staff Ministries Exist?
We exist for your greatest joy–namely the formation of Christ in you. We exist because that transformation away from you and toward the Jesus happens most exquisitely in suffering. We exist because we must be competent in helping people from Scripture see how God is using affliction for their sanctification.
If God is our good; if pleasing God is our pursuit; if trusting God is our treasure—if God is our soul’s delight—then exulting and rejoicing will be our result—for EVER. Beloved, this is the promise of Scripture and the content of our counsel. Rod and Staff Ministries seeks the saints’ joy. We follow our Lord and desire your greatest delight. We are for you—your joy—your soul to sing.
Why we exist can be be summarized as follows:
1. Conformity Increases Capacity
We exist because your eternal enjoyment of Jesus is tied to the degree to which you image Him. The more you are like Him, the more you will appreciate Him.
2. Scripture’s Sufficiency
Secondly, we exist because the Bible is sufficient (indeed, supremely so) to reveal Jesus to you…and in so doing hold out the prototype into whom you must be conformed.
3. Christian Competency
And thirdly, we exist because every person who reads these words IS a counselor. You are counseling every day. Indeed, you are counseling out of the perceived sufficiency of some authority…be it reason, empiricism, intuition, or Scripture. We exist because Christians are counseling every day from some paradigm with a goal in mind. We exist because that counsel must be grounded in Scripture with THE goal of conformity to Christ yielding greater capacity to enjoy Jesus…and there is nothing greater that appreciating Jesus more.