Equipped to Counsel


I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Romans 15:14

Do you have a passion to help real people with real problems with the Gospel?

Course Description

ABC’s Level 1 Certification is a 9 month intensive certification course designed to equip followers of Christ with the ability to apply the gospel in personal and specific ways to the heart and struggles of others. The training will address both the theology and practice of gospel-centered counseling.   Students will be equipped to provide quality soul care within informal and formal counseling situations.

When & Where

September 2023 – June 2024 – Training will combine self-study, online discussion and monthly learning labs (mix of virtual and in-person).  These sessions are optional but are meant to enhance discussion of case studies and soul care  related topics.  You will be responsible to complete and submit all necessary assignments required for certification.

Who is this training for?

ETC  is designed for Christ Followers who are seeking to love others well wherever God has placed them.  This training is beneficial across a wide variety of roles, responsibilities and relationships:  Formal (Licensed Professional Counselor, Lay Counselor, Pastor, Church or Para-ministry Staff), Informal (Small Group Leader, Ministry Leader, Mentor /Coach) basically  Anybody who interacts with people on a daily basis and wants to care for people well.


  1. Seats are very limited (15).
  2. Check out ‘More Information’ section below.
  3. Click the  button below to schedule time with Rob Perry to get more information, ask questions and claim a spot in the class.

Students Will

  • Develop a biblical philosophy of counseling that emphasizes the call of all believers to take part in the work of counseling and discipleship.
  • Develop a biblical philosophy of the Christian life that includes active involvement in a community of believers.
  • Have access to a Certified Biblical Counselor mentor/coach
  • Attend  monthly Learning Labs (in-person or virtual)
  • Engage with other students via online discussions.
  • Understand the basic meaning of biblical counseling.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the general and specific methods of biblical counseling.
  • Cover various counseling related issues that include depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality.
  • Develop a genuine love for others, and an active, daily prayer life.

Soul Care Practicum

Mid-way through the class, the students will be required to disciple an individual or couple for ten weeks. It cannot be family. Soul care meetings may take place in-person or video, but it should be in a private setting.

Reading & Journal

Each week’s assignment will include articles and additional resources for further learning and personal development. During second semester, in addition to the required practicum, a biblical counseling journal will be used to record and document student development and growth while practicing and applying what is being learned in a biblical counseling session.


Course participants are expected to complete all weekly readings, assignments, teachings  and class discussions.  Estimated time to completion is 8-9 months with a commitment of at least 5 hours weekly.  In order to retain certification, students must remain an ABC member.

Sample Course Syllabus

Cost – $525**

covers all videos, textbook and articles required for the class as well as ABC certification upon completion of all requirements and 1st year of ABC membership.

* $25 of that cost you’ll pay directly to ABC upon course application.
* Partial scholarships are available if needed.
* Students are eligible for the Student Rate to the 2024 Called to Counsel Conference

Lifepointe is Training Center in partnership with the  Association of Biblical Counselors.  Rob Perry is a Level 2 Certified Biblical Counselor with ABC and  a certified training leader for ABC’s Equipped to Counsel.