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Level III


Biblical Counselling Africa (BCA) LEVEL 3 is our most rigorous course of study and is particularly suited to those in pastoral ministry positions seeking intensive training at a high academic standard. This online, graduate-level programme is offered in partnership with the Christian Counselling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). Although taught at the Master’s level, CCEF is not an accredited programme. Our certificates of completion are outlined below.

CCEF has provided excellent and reliable training for those in vocational and lay ministry, as well as Christian mental health and social work professionals, for over 50 years. BCA has entered a partnership with the CCEF School of Biblical Counselling (SBC) to offer their courses to you in Africa at a significantly reduced cost.

The CCEF aim is to restore Christ to counselling and counselling to the church. BC Africa is aligned with that vision. We believe that wise counsel is based on a biblical understanding of God’s intention for every area of our lives; spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational. A detailed description of the CCEF philosophy of counseling can be found here.

CCEF courses are lectured by well-known authors including David Powlison, Ed Welch, Paul Tripp, Darby Strickland, Julie Lowe, Alasdair Groves, and many others. We seek to offer contextualised African courses, administered by African Online Instructors, while still utilising the same gifted CCEF lecturers.

BCA currently offers a certificate program, consisting of seven courses:

  1. Dynamics of Biblical Change
  2. Helping Relationships

(Courses 1 and 2 are prerequisites, courses 3-5 may be taken in any order)

  1. Counselling in the Local Church
  2. Scripture for Life and Ministry
  3. Applied Theology of the Person
  4. Everyday Problems in Counselling
  5. Summative Project – a practical application of all you’ve learned

Additional courses may be added

Details for all courses can be found at CCEF – Courses

While the cost of CCEF courses ranges from US$450 – $650, our current fee for each course is only US$150. South African students may pay in Rand by EFT and each term’s current $ to Rand cost will be provided in our registration form. Other African nations’ students will need to pay $150 through their bank card, or bank’s wire service.

Questions to ask before you apply:

  • Can you articulate a testimony of the gospel’s saving grace in your life?
  • Are you the type of person that others gravitate to when they are hurting?
  • Will your study be encouraged and supported by a ministry leader who knows you well?
  • Do you have 8-12 hours each week to commit to studies?
  • Do you hold a Matric or High School diploma?
  • Are you comfortably skilled in extensive English reading and writing?
  • Do you have a reliable, fast internet connection?

If you are not currently able to answer yes to all the questions, our Level 2 training may be better suited to your needs.

All applicants wishing to study with CCEF must complete our BC Africa application form. Applicants may be redirected towards our Level 2 training; and upon completion of Level 2, may be eligible to re-apply to Level 3 at a later date.

If you answered yes to the above questions, here are your next steps!

1.) Apply here https://forms.gle/2R8hA1uzPaAxzxxQA

2.) Submit your short essays by email to L3@biblicalcounsellingafrica.com

3.) Create a Genius account here:  https://ccef.geniussis.com/PublicStudentSignUp.aspx

IMPORTANT: When creating your Genius account, be certain to answer the last question YES and select the Biblical Counselling Africa partnership affiliation.

4.) Speak to your referral you list on the application about your intention of studying with CCEF and notify them we will contact them soon.

We will notify you within a few days of receiving all the requirements of your application, which Level will be most appropriate for you. If accepted to study with Level 3 your notification will include instructions of how to register for our first course, Dynamics of Biblical Change.

View our CCEF courses below

Dynamics of Biblical Change

Dynamics of Biblical Change is the foundation course for Level 3, and one of two prerequisites for other courses. It is 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counselling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.

Helping Relationships

Let’s say you have a basic and growing understanding of biblical counselling. You know the key ideas and have been able to apply them to yourself. Now comes the hard part: How do you apply this understanding in your everyday relationships? This course is the second prerequisite, but may be taken in the same term as a third course. In this course, you will take the content you learned in Dynamics of Biblical Change and get specific about how you can use the content to help others.

**Note: This course has two unique requirements. First, you will be grouped with 3-4 other students for a bi-weekly community group. This group will decide when they want to meet, and what format works best (WhatsApp video or audio, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.)

Helping Relationships is a 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

Counselling in the Local Church

Biblical counselling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counselling to the local church? The purpose of this course is to:

– to broaden students’ understanding of counselling to include all relationships
– to build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part to help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same to see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate to examine present ministry opportunities.

Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye for ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.

Counselling in the Local Church is a 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

Scripture for Life and Ministry

Scripture is authoritative and sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s Word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you frequently turn to the same familiar passages, but are less confident in using other biblical passages to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord?

This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives.

Applied Theology of the Person

Applied Theology of the Person Who am I? Who are we? This is a practical theology course examining Scripture’s unfolding answer to personal identity and corporate humanity.

This course will give you a theological framework for understanding yourself and those around you so that you may know people better and help more effectively.

All Level 3 courses require prior approval and a unique student number.  Apply Now: Click here

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.

– Psalm 19: 7-9

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

– Romans 8:1

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

– Colossians 2:6-7

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:14

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

– Proverbs 20:5

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