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2021 Term 1 CCEF - Counselling in the Local Church

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Term 1 Date: 13th January - 14th April 2021
Anticipated Course Access: 6th January 2021
Registration Deadline: 12th November 2020

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to this course.

Course Description

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. 

Course 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
  • Week 12: Final Project Due

Course Professors

Michael Gembola & Tim Lane

Required Books

Students must have a copy of the required text, either by purchase or borrow. Book list is subject to change by CCEF, please follow the syllabus as final. Other required article readings will be 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

Additional Details

Counseling in the Local Church is a 2-credit course. Those who sign up via Equip will be able to enjoy the discounted rate of RM500 per course. The discounted rate is eligible only for those living in Malaysia and Brunei only.

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January 13th, 2021 12:00 AM through April 14th, 2021 11:59 PM
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