About Life In Abundance School of Counseling
The Life In Abundance School of Counseling (LIASC) exists to provide its students the training necessary to complete a Christian counseling degree or certification. We believe the harvest is great but the workers are few. LIASC equips those who are called into the ministry of counseling by offering Biblically-based training in theology and psychology, as well as clinical training and experience.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of the Living God. The Bible is the final authority on all matters of life, faith and practice.
We believe in the Trinitarian God of the Bible, one in substance, three in persons, consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Son of God, the second person of the God-head, took upon Himself the form of man, becoming the God-man, with two distinct natures, and by His atoning work through His death, burial and resurrection has made salvation possible for man by His free grace.
We believe that salvation is an act of God’s saving grace by the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating and converting the hearts of men by His free gift of saving faith.
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, in eternal damnation in a literal hell for the wicked, and in everlasting life, in heaven, with the living God for the righteous.
We believe that there is but one Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of the church and its institutions to maintain His Lordship over their activities, and not to submit that right to any individual, corporate body, governmental agency or head of state, as long as we conduct ourselves as ambassadors of Christ and live as lawful citizens.
We believe that every area of life is to be subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We adhere to a world and life view which seeks to make the Lord Jesus Christ preeminent in all things.
Statement of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.(Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (1 Thess 4:3-4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
(Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Life In Abundance as part of the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Life In Abundance counselees and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Life In Abundance in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.
(Matt 5:16, Phil 2:14-16, 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.
(Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Life In Abundance.
Statement of Final Authority for Matters of Faith and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and inerrant Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Life In Abundance’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is Life In Abundance’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
No Strict Time Limits
Course time limits are flexible and enable students to earn their degree while meeting other life demands. Students may start and stop coursework as desired. Students seeking an advanced degree typically complete their work in one to two years.
Clinical supervision is a vital factor in equipping students for the ministry of counseling. The Christian Counseling Degree requires a significant amount of personal training. LIASC offers its students quality clinical supervision as part of their educational experience.
Students attend classes and participate in group study and discussions. Classes are led by qualified practicing counselors. Exams are completed online. Clinical supervision is conducted via email, phone, Skype, or in person.
Self Study / Online
Coursework is shipped to students in book form or accessed online. Students communicate with LIASC via email, phone, or Skype while working at their own pace. Exams are completed online. Clinical supervision is conducted via email, phone, Skype, or in person.