What and Why explained

  • Need – Your church and community need well trained and qualified Biblical counsellors with a heart for ministry and service. God has already surrounded you with hurting people who need Biblical answers.  Biblically oriented pastors and Christian workers should not have to seek a Biblical counsellor to refer people to, they should be the kind of counsellor hurting people are seeking!
  • Personal Growth – Most students report that the training quickly moved from being a course in helping others to a course in their own personal growth and walk with Christ. Studying Biblical answers to problems will impact the counsellor’s own life dramatically. Pastors uniformly testify that the training has changed their preaching ministry forcing them to become more practical, helpful and focussed on the needs of their people.
  • Cost – While any worthwhile training is costly, it is important to remember it is an investment in your life and ministry. Tuition has been kept as low as possible and still enables us to provide a quality product. Studying by extension saves you the cost of travel to study sites, motels and restaurant meals in addition to the cost of time away from your regular job or responsibilities.
  • Practical Experience – Our curriculum includes extended discussion of counselling situations based on Dr. Adams’ Christian Counsellor’s Casebook.
  • Convenience – Lectures are delivered to you in your home or office at your convenience. We urge our students to have a regular time each week to commit to studying but that can be whatever time you decide. Often students find it best to study as a group. No traveling to a seminary or seminar site to study at their pace and on their schedule.
  • Interaction – While we will not be able to offer live interaction as the courses are taught, we are available to extension students via e-mail, Skype or telephone.
  • Curriculum – Our curriculum is the most comprehensive course of study in Biblical counselling available anywhere short of enrolling in a seminary degree program–and even exceeds many of those!
  • Credibility – The Certificate in Nouthetic Counseling, indicating one has studied under Dr. Adams, would be a significant addition to anyone’s resume.
  • Effectiveness– Training in Biblical counselling is available in many places and is often offered at a one week conference or over the course of several weekends.
    • While these conferences maybe helpful, we do not believe three quick weekends (not including Sundays) of training or five days of study is sufficient to prepare the student to counsel effectively.
    • Such occasions require the student to assimilate a large amount of information very quickly.  There is no time to read accompanying textbooks that would further explain the concepts being presented, or to think through each topic before having to move to another the next hour.
    • Our student can study the course content at whatever pace is necessary to grasp the material.