Last fall we rejoiced at the privilege of becoming a certified training center of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). For the last two years we have offered biblical counseling training that helps equip men and women to speak the truth in love within all the relationships God has given them. Our training classes to this point have consisted of what ACBC calls the Basic Course of counseling training. We look forward to offering the Basic Course again in the future, but this year we’re pressing forward into new and exciting territory.

Beginning this June, we will be offering a set of training classes that we’re calling the Exam Course. These classes are meant to serve as the next steps for those who have already taken the Basic Course in the past and wish to grow in their counseling knowledge and practice. We’re calling these new classes the Exam Course because the content covered will be tied to the Theology and Counseling exams from ACBC.

ACBC uses its two exams to help train and equip people in the task of counseling by requiring that serious thought and consideration be given to various areas of theology and counseling practice. Completing the exams is required work for anyone seeking ACBC’s counselor certification. In total there are 44 questions covering a variety of topics. Some of the exam questions include:

  • Explain each of the following attributes of God, describing the practical implications of each attribute for life and counseling: wrath, mercy, holiness, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.
  • Provide your understanding of how the Holy Spirit guides Christians.
  • Define general revelation and special revelation and describe the nature of their authority as well as their relationship to one another.
  • Provide a biblical definition of anger. Describe manifestations of anger in both the inner and outer man. Explain the biblical factors that drive anger. Detail several biblical strategies to respond to anger.

The exam questions are answered through essay style writing, with roughly one page worth of double-spaced content being written in response to each question. This kind of writing work be difficult to fit into a busy schedule, which is why our upcoming Exam Course will be a working class. We will spend some time teaching on each question, but the majority of each class will be spent on the task of writing answers to the questions. The teaching will serve to provide just enough information that those attending will be able to write their answers then and there, aided by the help of ACBC-certified counselors who will be present to provide additional guidance as needed.

Training classes begin this June on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. Over the course of twelve Wednesday nights during the summer, we plan to cover the entire Theology exam. We will then take a break from training classes before moving forward with covering the Counseling exam. This break time will be an opportunity for rest and recovery, and also for catching up on any writing that may have been fallen behind on.

Our biblical counseling training is offered free of charge to all who attend. If you are interested in attending, please email register@gracebcm.org to sign up. You can also contact us at the same address with any questions you may have.

We are excited about how the Lord will work through His Word in this new season of counseling training.

While God is faithful to change hearts and minds in the lives of His children, we also understand that change is a process, and often times far from simplistic or quick. Habits of life and thinking tend to change over time as the Holy Spirit works in hearts. This process of change is called “progressive sanctification.” It can be helpful and sometimes necessary to seek help from other Christians who can faithfully lead and walk with us, providing biblical encouragement and instruction along the way for the implementation of God-honoring, Christ-centered change. If you are struggling with life’s challenges, we would encourage you to seek help from your pastor, a godly friend, or a biblical counselor who is committed to seeking answers from God’s Word. To find a biblical counselor you can contact us or visit biblicalcounseling.com to find a counselor in your area.

Born and raised in the Dallas area, Ryan loves calling Texas his home. He met his wife Jessica at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, where he serves on staff and is a counselor for Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and in May 2015 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership.

Upcoming Counseling Training: the Exam Course