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.

Module outline:

Week 1: Class Introduction: Why the Church Should be Counseling
Week 2: Redemptive Community
Week 3: Self-counseling
Week 4: A Biblical View of Change
Week 5: Public Counsel
Week 6: Sought and Created Counsel
Week 7: Joanne and Structures and Processes for Interpersonal Ministry
Week 8: Counseling Models at Four Churches
Week 9: Conflict and Practicing Forgiveness
Week 10: Jack and Unsought Group Counsel
Week 11: Church Discipline

If you are considering taking the course as an audit student rather than for credit please contact us to discuss this first.

Required Textbooks

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


      2020 Term 1

      Term starts: 15 January 2020
      Term ends: 8 April 2020
      Registration Deadline: 15 November 2019
      Anticipated Course Access: 2 January 2020