Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Counseling in the Local Church — A CCEF Course

Counseling in the Local Church — A CCEF 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.

About the Professors

Tim Lane

Dr. Timothy S. Lane is the President of the Institute for Pastoral Care and served as served as a counselor and faculty at CCEF from 2001 until 2013. He has twenty-five years of experience, and is the co-author of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. In addition, he has authored several minibooks including Conflict, Family Feuds, Forgiving Others, and Freedom from Guilt.

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.


Counseling in the Local Church is a 2-credit course. The credit cost of the course is $450.00. Taken for audit it is $225.00. Counseling in the Local Church is offered every semester; spring, summer and fall.

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

Required Textbooks

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.

Register now