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BCC Interview: Overseas Instruction in Counseling

July 16, 2011

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As part of our BCC vision, we want to point you to the best of the best in robust, relational biblical counseling. Each week we’re posting (and then making available as an ongoing resource) interviews with churches, para-church groups, and individuals committed to biblical counseling.

Overseas Instruction in Counseling

This week we highlight Overseas Instruction in Counseling out of Chesterton, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. To learn more about their international biblical counseling equipping ministry, we interviewed their Executive Director, Wayne A. Vanderwier.

BCC: “Wayne, please tell our readers about your biblical counseling ministry’s mission and vision.”

OIC: “Our mission is to train biblical counseling trainers around the world. Our strategic objective is to assist in the initial creation and continuing development of national biblical counseling training and certifying organizations. Our audience is national pastors and other ministry leaders.”

BCC: “What is the history of your organization—tell us your story?”

OIC: “ The Lord honored me (Wayne) with the privilege of serving Him as a pastor for 32 years. When, in 1995, I began to teach introductory biblical counseling classes in other nations, I began to wonder, “Who is training the pastors here?” I discovered that many good men and ministries travel overseas to teach pastors about biblical counseling. I didn’t know of any that were actually moving Christian leaders through a curriculum that included practice and accountability to train them to train others (2 Tim. 2:2). The Lord led us to begin OIC in June, 2006, to meet this need.

Our short history includes many stories of the amazing work of our sovereign God in opening doors of opportunity for service, protecting us in perilous circumstances, and directing us to discover the support He has provided that is necessary for us to do this work. We have served in 14 countries and now have multi-modular leadership training programs in Europe, EurAsia, and East and Southeast Asia. More recently the Lord has been directing us to partner with theological schools to provide graduate level biblical counseling degree programs. Our Master of Biblical Counseling degree (with the National Theological College and Graduate School) began in Egypt in 2009 and will begin in Nov., 2011, in Lebanon and in Jan. 2012, in the Philippines. Our Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree (with the Kyiv Theological Seminary) will begin in Ukraine in Oct., 2011.”

BCC: “Share a little bit about your staff—who works with you and in what roles?”

OIC: “Our staff members are all volunteers. Dr. Kurt Grady serves as our Director of Development. In addition, each of our programs include at least one Associate Teacher. These may be pastors, college and seminary professors, or biblical counseling center directors, folks who have appropriate academic and professional qualifications for their assigned task and who have a heart for the Christian leaders of other nations. Because we have now completed several training programs, our own graduates are beginning to fill the role of Associate Teacher.”

BCC: “What are the types of resources (books, pamphlets, audio/video, book reviews, articles, journals, blogs) that people can find at your site/through your ministry?”

OIC: “Since our ministry takes place overseas, our website is primarily descriptive. It is designed for ministry leaders and potential future trainers who are seeking information about the work OIC. Our schedule is always available there.”

BCC: “What upcoming conferences, seminars, classes, and other training opportunities do you have in the next year?”

OIC: “Our active equipping schedule includes:

  • 27 Aug., 2011 – Introduction to Biblical Counseling Seminar, Brisbane, Australia
  • 30 Aug.–2 Sept., 2011 – Class at the Word of Life Bible Institute, Laguna, Philippines
  • 4-9 Sept., 2011 – Biblical Counseling in Healthcare Seminar Track (12 hours) at the World Conference of Health Care Christian Fellowship, International, Manila, Philippines
  • 6-9 Sept., 2011 – Module 2 of our Евразийский учебный центр душепопечительства (EurAsia Soul Care Training Center) curriculum in Kemerova (Siberia), Russia
  • 11-24 Sept., 2011 – Module 1 of our Biblical Counseling Training Curriculum in a creative access country
  • 7-15 Oct., 2011 – Two classes in our Master of Biblical Counseling degree program in Egypt
  • 24 Oct.-4 Nov., 2011 – Two classes in our Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree program in Ukraine
  • 8-11 Nov., 2011 – Module 2 of our Bibliai Lelkigondozó Képző Központ (Biblical Soul Care Training Center) curriculum in Hungary
  • 18-26 Nov., 2011 – Two classes in our Master of Biblical Counseling degree program in Lebanon
  • 10-19 Jan., 2012 – Two classes in our Master of Biblical Counseling degree program in Philippines
  • 20 Feb.-2 March, 2012 – Two classes in our Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree program in Ukraine
  • 9-17 March, 2012 – Two classes in our Master of Biblical Counseling degree program in Egypt
  • 20-23 March, 2012 – Module 3 of our Евразийский учебный центр душепопечительства (EurAsia Soul Care Training Center) curriculum in Kemerova (Siberia), Russia
  • 27-30 March, 2012 – Module 1 of our Евразийский учебный центр душепопечительства (EurAsia Soul Care Training Center) curriculum in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 21-29 April, 2012 – Two classes in our Master of Biblical Counseling degree program in Lebanon
  • 8-18 May, 2012 – Two classes at the Esra Discipleship Training Center, Germany
  • 21-24 May, 2012 – Two classes at the Word of Life Bible Institute, Hungary
  • 29 May-1 June, 2012 – Module 3 of our Bibliai Lelkigondozó Képző Központ (Biblical Soul Care Training Center) curriculum in Hungary.”

BCC: “What is your succinct definition of biblical counseling?”

OIC: “Our short definition is: Biblical counseling is simply the ministry of graciously applying the truths of the Bible to the challenges of life. In our training programs we do an exposition of the following more complete definition to develop 10 defining characteristics of truly biblical counseling: Biblical counseling is that action or process in which a believer (or group of believers) lovingly confronts and scripturally instructs a (sinning or suffering) fellow-believer for the purpose of affecting God-glorifying change.

BCC: “Wayne, how can people be praying for you and your ministry?”

OIC: “1.) Please pray with us that God will protect the lives and hearts of our team members so that we will be living examples of the principles and practices we teach. 2.) Please pray with us that God will open doors of opportunity in biblical counseling-friendly churches for us to present the ministry of OIC. 3.) Please pray with us that biblical counseling leaders in America will catch a vision to help us train national pastors around the world.”

BCC: “How can people contact with you and contact you?”

OIC: “People can connect with us through:

Overseas Instruction in Counseling, www.DiscoverOIC.org, [email protected]
Postal Address: 1406 Jefferson Ave., Chesterton, IN 46304
Support Address: P.O. Box 17566, Louisville, KY 40217
517.315.8000

BCC: “Wayne, thank you for helping our readers to learn more about biblical counseling and the international ministry of equipping that you provide.”

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