CNCE 201: Soul Physicians
We will study the theology of biblical counseling through the redemptive-historical narrative structure of the Bible as we return to our heritage as students of both the Scriptures and of the soul. Our purpose will be to infuse our biblical counseling with Christian theology, to equip the body of Christ to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. For the beginner, this course will provide you with the foundations necessary to practice biblical counseling. For the seasoned professional, biblical and/or pastoral counselor, this study will provide you with a fresh look at the timeless traditions of soul care in a Christian community.
The class is free, but you will need to purchase Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction by Dr. Robert Kellemen. Available for purchase here
View the video introduction to the book here
Assignments: At the end of each chapter there are questions from two different sections: Caring for Your Soul: Personal Applications and Caring for Others: Ministry Implications. We will address these questions in a threaded discussion which will give us an opportunity to interact with others from our study. An initial post will be due by Thursday each week and we will respond to at least two group members posts each week. Your initial post should be at least 200 words and your responses should be at least 100 words. In your response you should explain what you agree with or what you like about the original post, then push the conversation a little further with a sentence like “have you thought about…?” Your replies are expected to be considerate and will follow the basic rules of “Netiquette”.
Evaluation: At the end of this study everyone will receive a certificate signifying you’ve completed the study. For those new to the Care Network, you will have an opportunity to speak with a pastor in the Care Network about becoming a biblical counselor at Christ Community Church. This course is the cornerstone to future teachings which include Gospel Conversations (CNCE202), Gospel-Centered Counseling (CNCE203), and Scripture and Counseling (CNCE204).