Biblical Counseling Training

Cornerstone for Christian Living Class

"Got questions? Need hope, wisdom, and encouragement?" The Bible has the answers.

This class provides a biblical foundation that equips us to deal with the challenges of life God’s way. Jeremy Pray, Pastor of Biblical Counseling, teaches 32 lectures which cover over 105 biblical principles. It is so foundational and comprehensive that we also use it to train our future biblical counselors as they seek to help others (Colossians 1:28; 3:16; I Thessalonians 5:14; II Timothy 3:16,17).

This in-depth discipleship class covers topics such as: salvation, sin, repentance, anger and forgiveness, fear and worry, marriage and parenting, depression, and various life-dominating sins. 

CORNERSTONE CLASS: IN PERSON

Class Begins: Sept 7, 2022 
Class Time: Wednesdays 6:45-8:00pm
Location: Worship Center 119-120
Cost: $25 for the Self Confrontation Manual and $10 (approx) for When People are Big and God is Small, by Edward Welch.

If you register for the Cornerstone class that begins at 6:45 PM, Children’s Ministries will care for your kids from 6:45 – 7:00 if they are registered for Well Versed Kids. At 7:00, we will take your child to his or her class. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Alexander at  .

If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsay Errington.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE 

CORNERSTONE CLASS: PRE-RECORDED ONLINE

     *Link to Cornerstone Class Video/Notes

     *Link to Download PDF of all Cornerstone Class Video/Note
       Links

     *Materials you will want to purchase: 
       Self Confrontation Manual and When People are Big and God
       is Small
, by Edward Welch

     *Homework Instruction Sheet



The Annual NCT Conference

Each Fall NorthCreek hosts a 3-weekend Conference bringing speakers from around the country to provide training for those who are interested in growing in counseling and discipleship. We provide 2 tracks.  The Fundamentals track is for those who are first time attenders.  This training contributes 30 hours to the first phase of ACBC certification. The Advanced track is for those who have previously attended the Fundamentals track or Cornerstone Self-Confrontation Class.  These topics go deeper into biblical counseling and address complex problems from a biblical perspective. 


How do I become a NorthCreek Church Counselor?

Step 1: Cornerstone Class (Level 3)

Full completion of 45 hours of instruction through the Cornerstone class.  This class is offered as general discipleship to all students with varying levels of homework.  However, those who are interested in becoming counselors are required to complete the highest level of homework (level 3) which is well over 200 hours, including intense bible reading and additional reading from select resources. This class is offered Wednesday nights at NorthCreek Church, September-May. Homework is submitted and reviewed by the BCM pastor.

Step 2: Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling Class

Completion of the Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling class.  This class takes place in the summer and is only offered to those who have completed Step 1 (level 3), and it involves 10 weeks of instruction and role-playing.

Step 3: Observation

Counselor-trainees observe experienced counselors as they counsel real situations.  For various reasons, this time-frame can last from a few months to a year.

 Following these 3 steps, new counselors are assigned cases based on experience and case difficulty.

Step 4: Continuing Education

Each counselor is encouraged to pursue ACBC certification (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), and to attend the annual NCT and ACBC conferences.


How can NorthCreek Church help me with ACBC Certification?


WHAT IS IT? The Exam-Writing Cohort is a class to help you complete the written exam portion that is required for ACBC certification (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). It includes brief teaching on each of ACBC’s 44 exam questions, interaction with other students, and mentorship/guidance as you begin writing your answers. The class is taught/led by the ACBC Training Center Director, Pastor Jeremy Pray, and designed to help you complete the exam in six months.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? Hard work. These are five long days that will make you mentally exhausted, but it’s worth it! With computers open and reference books out, you will receive about 15 minutes of instruction on each exam question, followed by brief interaction with the class, then will immediately begin writing for about 45-60 minutes. After a quick break, the process repeats, covering about 7-8 questions during the 10-hour day. It is unlikely that you will complete every answer in this timeframe, but you will have a substantial head start as you work on your exam throughout the rest of the month on your own.

WHAT DOES IT COST? Cost is $70, which includes access to various materials, a light breakfast, snacks and a full lunch. (Students are expected to provide their own laptop and reference books, such as a Systematic Theology book).

WHO CAN ATTEND? All are welcome, regardless of your home church and/or where you are at in the certification process. Registration is required.

TO REGISTER, or for more information, email us at  or call (925) 210-9036.

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