The name of this corporation shall be the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Inc. (“Association”).
This Association shall be organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific and educational purposes within the classification of legal charities; and no part of the net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual; and no substantial part of the activities of such Association, or any receipt of its funds, shall be utilized for any other purpose except those purposes mentioned above. In order to provide suitable locations for the conduct of activities of this Association, the Association shall have the power to build, rent, maintain or lease appropriate facilities; and to conduct its activities in one or more offices; and to hold, purchase, mortgage, sell, or convey real and personal property of any kind in connection with its activities in any state, territory or colony of the United States and in any foreign country or place.
The particular purpose of this Association is to encourage, acknowledge and standardize counseling and counselor training done by Christian clergymen and laymen who are committed to the Scriptures as the only authoritative rule of faith and practice. This purpose will be accomplished by:
Individual membership in this Association shall be open to those who subscribe to the Scriptures as the only authoritative standard for their counseling and who adhere to the Statement of Faith and the Standards of Conduct of this Association.
There shall be four classes of individual membership in this organization:
The requirements for individual membership are stated in the Bylaws of this Association (Article II).
Institutional membership in this Association shall be granted to those counseling centers and ministries that meet the requirements stated in the Bylaws of this Association (Article IV).
The business of this Association shall be conducted by a Board of Trustees, whose function shall be consonant with the Bylaws of this Association (Article V).
Amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws of this Association shall be made according to the provision of the Bylaws of this Association.
The membership of this Association shall meet annually at a place and time to be determined by the Board of Trustees. Special meetings may be called by the Board of Trustees, provided at least thirty (30) days written notice is given.
This category shall include individuals who have demonstrated competence in biblical counseling and who meet the following requirements:
This category shall include ordained men who have demonstrated competence in biblical counseling and who meet the following requirements:
This category shall include ordained men who demonstrate a unique ability to counsel, who serve as supervisors of counselors in training, and who provide leadership in applying biblical counseling principles to life. They must meet the following requirements:
i. All members of the committee will review the application packet to insure its accuracy & completion.
ii. All members of the committee will review the candidate’s recommendations.
iii. All members of the committee will read the candidate’s essay.
iv. Two members of the committee will review at least six samples of the candidates teaching through articles, books, lectures, seminars, sermons etc.
v. By simple majority the committee makes determination regarding a recommendation to the board for the Board Interview.
vi. Adopted by consensus to recommend to the Board.
The Academy of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors shall include ordained men who have demonstrated and sustained a high degree of competence in biblical counseling; have continuing fellowship in a Christian church; have been involved in teaching and/or training college students, seminarians or pastors for a counseling ministry; have met all the formal requirements for membership at the Fellow level; and have made a significant contribution to the development of biblical counseling. In order to be considered for membership in the Academy, an individual must be nominated by not less than five (5) members of this Association; nominations must be made to the Executive Committee, along with testimony to the outstanding contributions of the nominee to the development of biblical counseling. The candidate for the Academy must then be approved by a 3/4 vote of the Board of Trustees.
Individuals desiring membership in this Association who lack certain of the formal requirements but have demonstrated unique and obvious counseling and counseling-training ability, and have continuing membership in good standing in a Christian church, shall be considered for membership by the Executive Committee and upon approval of that committee shall be recommended for acceptance to the Board of Trustees Acceptance to membership shall then be granted only upon a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the Board of Trustees.
This category shall include those church-related schools, counseling centers and agencies providing Christian counseling services and training for pastoral counselors that meet the following requirements:
There shall be as many members of the Board of Trustees elected, each for a three year term, as deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees to conduct its business. Members shall be Fellows or Members of the Academy.
The officers of the Board of Trustees shall be president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. All officers shall be elected by majority vote of the Board of Trustees, from among the membership of the Board of Trustees. These officers shall constitute the Executive Committee. The Executive Director of ACBC shall be an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
The Board of Trustees shall meet annually at the time of the annual meeting of this Association.
The fiscal year of this Association shall begin on the first day of January of each year and shall end on the last day of December.
Processing fees for membership and annual dues for members of this Association shall be determined by the Executive Director with the concurrence of the Executive Committee and published in the Statement of Policy and Procedures.
Proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws may be initiated by the Board of Trustees or may be presented to the Board of Trustees in writing by petition of ten (10) members of this Association.
Proposed amendments shall be presented to the members at any regular or special meeting of this Association and adopted upon approval by two-thirds (2/3) of those voting.