In preparation for a ministry in helping the hurting, the counseling track provides a variety of courses specializing in Marriage and Family issues.  

At ETS the Bachelor of Theology (equivalent) accredited by ECTE is attained after three years of full-time study. In Germany, a one-year professional subsequent Internship is required to qualify as a recognized qualification.

It combines theoretical knowledge with practical application and Christian ministry experience and is designed to equip the student for work in a local church, Care Ministry or parachurch activity.

The Foundation Certificate is a required basis for the studies that follow hence its competencies apply to the B.Th. plus the following for the Counseling Major.

General Competencies

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the Bible and use reference works such as Lexica, Concordances and Commentaries effectively.

  • Produce a synthesis of the development of the history and theology of the Christian church.

  • Understand and apply critical judgment as to the place of the social sciences in Christian ministry.

  • During the course of the program to experience spiritual growth, personal development and professional maturity to be able to function competently and responsibly in a leadership capacity.

  • Acquire and develop communication and relational skills that will enable practical competence.

  • Through spiritual formation and mentoring to appreciate how spiritual development operates.

  • To apply the skills and abilities needed for the practice of ministry.

Specific Competencies

  • Appreciate the differences between pastoral and clinical counseling so as to be aware of the limitations and when necessary to make referrals.

  • Acquire the necessary counseling skills and techniques to participate in the counseling ministry of a local church or parachurch ministry.

  • Demonstrate the ability to use counseling skills and techniques.

  • Practice these skills as part of a local church counseling team.

  • Assess the problems individuals have and how best to offer solutions.