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scripture for life and ministry ccef course

essentials of biblical counseling certificate

Scripture for Life & Ministry

with Mike Emlet

sample lecture

Scripture is authoritative and sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s Word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord? This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations.

What to Expect

Course Work

  • Each week you'll listen to lectures, read articles and books, and engage with other students through online forums and live small group discussions.
  • You'll complete various projects and papers, demonstrating your understanding and personal growth in the topics covered during the lectures and reading.
  • Your online instructor will give you feedback and interact with you throughout the course.
  • Throughout the semester, you'll have the opportunity to participate in optional online engagements with your instructor.
  • Please note: you must have access to a computer to complete this course.

Course Objectives

  • Grow in excitement and passion for the personal application of God’s Word in your own life and in the lives of others.
  • Learn and practice a method of biblical interpretation that makes connections between the details of particular passages and the wider story of Scripture that centers on Jesus Christ
  • Practice moving from Scripture to life by making gospel-centered connections between specific passages and the particulars of a person’s life.
  • Practice moving from life to Scripture by learning to frame people’s struggles in ways that naturally connect with particular biblical themes and passages.

At a Glance

terms offered

Every January & June

course cost


course length

10 weeks


6–9 hours/week

Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate

Scripture for Life & Ministry is one of four courses in the Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate. Learn more about our current courses and certificates of completion below.

Meet the Lecturing Faculty

mike emlet dean of faculty and counselor

Mike is the Dean of Faculty and a counselor at CCEF, where he has served since 2001. He holds a doctor of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to joining CCEF, Mike worked as a family physician for eleven years. He has particular interests in working with ministry leaders and with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and OCD. He has published numerous books, including CrossTalk (New Growth Press, 2009), Descriptions and Prescriptions (New Growth Press, 2017), and Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners (New Growth Press, 2021).

mike's resources


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