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:
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.
Dr. Timothy S. Lane is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA), and co-author of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. He has written several mini-books including PTSD, Forgiving Others, Sex Before Marriage, Family Feuds, Conflict, and Freedom From Guilt. He has experience in both campus and pastoral ministry (serving as a pastor in Clemson, SC 1991-2001). From 2001-2013, he served as a counselor and faculty at CCEF (2007-2013 as Executive Director) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tim is adjunct professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Westminster Seminary California and Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, TX.
Michael Gembola holds a Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Seminary, and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling from the Biblical Seminary Graduate School of Counseling. He serves as Director of Congregational Care and Discipleship at City Line Church and is under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery (PCA). He is also a lecturer in practical theology at Westminster Seminary. He enjoys basketball, guitar, local history, and exploring big cities with his wife Kelly and their son, Adriano.
Onsite require textbooks are forthcoming.
Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.