The purpose of this training program is to enlist, equip, and encourage followers of Jesus Christ to live and counsel the gospel of Christ and His Word to people living amidst the suffering and problems of life.
Teacher(s): Paul Polk, and occasional guest instructors
Location: DBC Main Building, Children’s Learning Center, Theater B
Contact: (940) 297-6893, or
email Diane Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Course participants are expected to attend the weekly class periods at the time(s) established by the course instructor. Since the class periods will include didactic teaching, group discussions, case studies, role-plays, and tests, it is quite important for course participants to be present if they intend to master the material.
Biblical counseling articles from The Journal of Pastoral Practice and The Journal of Biblical Counseling accompany each chapter of the training. Course participants are expected to read the appropriate articles before each chapter is taught in class to enhance student understanding of the material.
During both semesters of training course participants will be asked to share their individual story/testimony in a smaller circle of participants. The leaders will model the biblical counseling approach but will also encourage the others in the circle to participate not only as active listeners but also as “counselors”, using appropriate, biblically-directed questions.