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Biblical Counseling for Pastors

with Ed Welch

an invitation from ed welch

Biblical counseling is at home in the church, and the role of pastor is inherently the role of counselor. This course is for ordained men involved in pastoral ministry, seeking to equip them to grow in wise care and counsel. As we build a framework for biblical counseling, we’ll consider illustrations such as fear and anxiety, trauma, and a theology of the body, including a discussion of psychiatric diagnoses such as depression. Expect self-assessments of your own care and counsel, opportunities to practice a few critical skills, considering how counseling informs preaching, and building a vision for the culture of care in your church.

What to Expect

Course requirements

In addition to recorded lectures, this course will include 5 live engagements with Ed Welch and other students. Below are the dates for the engagements:

  • Thursday, September 26 at 2:30–4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, October 10 at 2:30–4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, October 24 at 2:30–4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, November 7 at 2:30–4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, November 21 at 10:30am–12:00pm EDT

Course Objectives

  • To grow in wise pastoral care and counsel
  • To be discerning about the various voices in counseling and pastoral care
  • To accurately understand, participate in, and represent biblical counseling
  • To envision a church that cares well for each other, and take next steps toward it

Course schedule

  • Week 1: Theological Foundations; Fear and Anxiety
  • Week 2: Live Engagement with Ed Welch
  • Week 3: Trauma and Psalm 10
  • Week 4: Live Engagement with Ed Welch
  • Week 5: Theological Accents: the Body and Depression
  • Week 6: Live Engagement with Ed Welch
  • Week 7: A Brief History of Biblical Counseling
  • Week 8: Live Engagement with Ed Welch
  • Week 9: Grief: What to Do and Not to Do
  • Week 10: Live Engagement with Ed Welch

At a Glance


Ordained men in pastoral ministry

course cost


course length

10 weeks

course dates

September 16–November 23


1.5–3 hours/week

Important instructions on how to register

If you are a returning student, log in to Genius and register for the course. Please reach out to Student Services if you need help registering.
If you are a new student, follow these steps to register for the course:

  1. Create an account
  2. Select "Yes" for the question "Are you taking courses as part of a School of Biblical Counseling affiliation?"
  3. Select "Biblical Counseling for Pastors" from the list of affiliations provided.
  4. After your account is created, Student Services will activate your account and send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for the course.

Any questions? Please reach out to us at, and we'd be happy to help you!

Meet the Lecturing Faculty

Ed is a faculty member and counselor at CCEF, where he has served since 1981. He holds a doctor of philosophy in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and a master of divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed is a licensed psychologist and has been active in local church ministry for decades. He has written numerous books, including When People Are Big and God Is Small (P&R Publishing, 1997), Shame Interrupted (New Growth Press, 2012), Side by Side (Crossway, 2015), and Created to Draw Near (Crossway, 2020).

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