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Biblical Counseling Certificate Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Biblical Counseling Certificate Program is 19 units and can be used as a lead-in to the Bible Core degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • This certificate program is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills necessary to do effective biblical counseling. In addition to earning ACBC certification, graduates from this program will learn how to handle difficult issues from a biblical perspective, offer biblically-grounded guidance and direction, and grow in their ability to read and interpret their Bible.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (19 Units)

BS201 - Biblical Interpretation

3 Units

An introduction to the principles and methods of biblical interpretation, focusing on the history of interpretation, the literal-historical-grammatical approach, and the primary tools for biblical study. Hermeneutical strategies will be used to interpret various literary genres, examine historical and literary contexts, analyze structural relationships, perform word studies, and develop principles for practical application.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define key terms and concepts relating to biblical interpretation.
  • Identify significant approaches, trends, and presuppositions of biblical interpreters, both past and present.
  • Interpret various genres of biblical literature from a dispensational perspective.
  • Employ the essential tools and methods of biblical research.

TH301 - Theology 1

3 Units

A survey of the essential categories of systematic theology, including bibliology (the Bible), theology proper (the existence, attributes, and triunity of God), anthropology (humanity), angelology (angels and demons), and harmartiology (sin). Introduces the various branches of theology, including biblical theology, historical theology, philosophical theology, and practical theology, and how they relate to systematic theology. Emphasis is given to how the theological topics covered impact personal discipleship and church ministry.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Summarize the attributes and promises of God.
  • Explain the responsibilities and rebellion of humanity.
  • Defend important evangelical doctrinal commitments with Scripture.
  • Apply theological truths in contemporary church settings.

TH302 - Theology 2

3 Units

A survey of the essential categories of systematic theology, including Christology (the person and work of Christ), pneumatology (the person and work of the Holy Spirit), soteriology (salvation), ecclesiology (the church), and eschatology (last things). Emphasis is given to how the theological topics covered impact personal discipleship and church ministry.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain how the work of Christ and the Spirit impacts the believer’s salvation and sanctification.
  • Describe the mission of the church and its relationship to national Israel within the history of redemption.
  • Defend important evangelical doctrinal commitments with Scripture.
  • Apply theological truths in contemporary church settings.

PCM101 - Personal Spiritual Disciplines

2 Units

A study of the history, theology, and practice of the spiritual disciplines, including Bible study, scriptural meditation, prayer, fasting, giving, worship, fellowship, and service. Prepares students to approach spiritual growth and sanctification with thoughtfulness and intention, while providing strategies for assisting others to pursue the same.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify key signs of spiritual vitality.
  • Explain how the spiritual disciplines contribute to spiritual growth.
  • Study the Bible in a manner that is both simple and spiritually enriching.
  • Design a long-term plan for growing in Christian maturity and spiritual intimacy.

PCM302 - Ministry Care and Counseling

3 Units

An introduction to the principles and practices of biblical counseling and caregiving, including a theological justification for both, an overview of the roles of Scripture and wisdom in counseling, and insights into ministering to those who are suffering. Provides test cases for common counseling situations and opportunities to practice basic skills in a supervised setting.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary approaches to Christian counseling.
  • Assess the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others.
  • Apply relevant biblical passages to common counseling situations.
  • Provide empathy and encouragement in thoughtful and effective ways.

PCM401 - ACBC Elective 1

PCM402 - ACBC Elective 2

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