CCEF - Counseling in the Local Church
Biblical counseling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counseling to the local church? The purpose of this course is to:
- to broaden students’ understanding of counseling to include all relationships
- to build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part
- to help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same
- to see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate
- to examine present ministry opportunities
Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye for ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.
Week 1: Class Introduction: Why the Church Should be Counseling
If you are considering taking the course as an audit student rather than for credit please contact us to discuss this first.
Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.
- How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
- Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
- Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition by Andrew Purves