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Certificate of Pastoral Care

“So care for yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders."
— Acts 20:28
FREE - No Credit Card Required

Academic Level

Certificate/Diploma

Duration

4-6 Months

Assessment

Yes. Certificate of Completion

Study Method

Online

“The course is an excellent “enabler” for those who wish to work in Pastoral Care. Subjects cover all the interpersonal skills needed; particularly listening, attending and responding to the needs of another person. Every aspect is covered from looking into your Church or organisations policy on Pastoral Care, Confidentiality, Legislation and Record Keeping, through to understanding your own spiritual gifts, working in teams and caring for oneself in an emotionally charged environment. The additional course of Counselling Basics 1 & 2 provide a deep understanding of what to do and what not to do when it comes to assisting people with more complex problems. Through his “user-friendly” style, Grant Buchanan delivers a well packed Counselling Basics course which gives; understanding on how people respond to life with attitudes, emotions, pre-learnt behaviours and deep seated misconceptions about God.”
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Certificate of Pastoral Care Overview

The Certificate of Pastoral Care training focuses on learning how to share the wholeness of Christ through pastoral care and biblical counselling. It is ideal for those who are seeking to help others and be a good prayerful ear. 

The Certificate of Pastoral Care is a biblical approach to caring for people in the community, local church or ministry context. In addition, you will learn when to refer people in your care to professional counsellors or more experienced pastors. 

Who is the Certificate of Pastoral Care for​​

Certificate of Pastoral Care Enrolment Options

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$ 0
  • 65 Lessons
  • 3 Specifically Designed Courses
  • Biblical care and counselling skills
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$ 40
  • 65 Lessons
  • 3 Specifically Designed Courses
  • Biblical care and counselling skills
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What you will learn

Pastoral Care

Counselling Basics: Part 1

Counselling Basics: Part 2

Included Courses

Pastoral Care: Certified

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This course will equip individuals to care for people pastorally, providing them with tools and teaching them to work within good pastoral care systems.

Curriculum Covered

  1. What is Pastoral Care?  
  2. Biblical & Historical Perspectives  
  3. The Gift & the Role  
  4. Discipleship vs Pastoral Care  
  5. Pastoral Care in the Church  
  6. Pastoral Care in the Community  
  7. Pastoral Care Skills  
  8. Systems  
  9. Legislation  
  10.  Confidentiality  
  11.  Records  
  12.  Referrals  
  13.  Team-based Pastoral Care  
  14.  Understanding Others – Uniquely Created  
  15.  Understanding Others -Worldview  
  16.  Strengths Finder  
  17.  Spiritual Gifts  
  18.  Self-Care  
  19.  Boundaries  
  20.  Relationship Health  
  21.  Communication  
  22.  Conflict  
  23.  Solutions Focused  
  24.  Social Media  
  25.  Crisis Care  
  26.  Practical PC Meetings  
  27.  Millennials 

About your instructor

Regan Perry

Regan Perry

Regan firmly believes that you never stop learning and enjoys creating pathways for others to discover their full potential. He has lead & served on church staff, coordinating teams & interns, and overseen ministry programs and campus facilities.

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Pastoral Care

Rated 5 out of 5
May 2, 2022

I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testimant. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Greatest Gift of God is Love-1 Corintians 13

Rated 5 out of 5
March 28, 2022

I am pleased to have completed this course without any time restrictions. I have come in contact with so many hurting people and all they want is someone to listen to their challenges in life. Words of hope and love given to them gives them comfort. I have realised that God has given me the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.. I wanted to extend my knowledge in the role as a pastoral care which led me to enroll in this course.
All the sessions in this course gave me a wide knowledge and deeper understanding in the role and responsibility of pastoral care. Now, I am ready to step out and get involved in this ministry.
The love of God can be shared by listening, encouraging, praying for one another, generosity and act of kindness

Glory David
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Confirmation and refreshing

Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2022

I have found this course to be both a source of confirmation as to how I work as part of the leadership team in our church and also refreshing in the information provided.
The couse content was thorough, succinct, relevant and scriptural based.
The delivery of the material was easy to navigate and beneficial to be self paced.
Thankyou team.
I have been refreshed and reinspired for the work of being in Pastoral Care within my many church roles and responsibilities.
God bless you all.

Rose Evenhuis
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Pastoral care

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

Many years ago pastoral training wasn’t as relevantly based as this , each section has offered new learning , it’s helped me to evaluate how to bring change to pastoral care, in my church and community. Many issues today to relate to are COVID based so providing life skills answers are key to sharing Gods love in the community where we live , in his church through the generations .

Tina Sampson-Smith
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Pastoral care

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

This course really moved me and has empowered me to move forward in stewardship. I now know how to determine the needs and opportunities of the people I am shepherding, and to increase their overall health.
I am now knowledgeable in the administrative systems and essential tools which are needed to support Pastoral Care practices within the church and the community.
Thanks to axx ministry ,the Harvest Bible college and Regan Perry et team for their brilliant lectures and exposées .
I give God all the glory.

Ebot Constantine Bessong
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Hope never disappointed

Rated 5 out of 5
October 14, 2021

I had a car accident 1999, at that moment I decided to follow the path of Jesus by helping others to know how God is good. He wants that all of us to be saved and worshiping together as one family. At the moment of the accident it was like a dream and was in a middle of a prayer group me my sister use to go and I was definite aware of that call. God need me. Over the years people come to me asking advice, help. And I try to do the more I can. And now I want to help them in a professional way, even though I had some courses about counciling but I realize it is something we need to update every moment. Because so many new things come and knock our doors, so much estranged thing touch people. We definitely need educate ourselves to help as much we can.

Reynold Brevil
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Counselling Basics: Certified - Part 1

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Counselling Basics: Part 1 is an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to establish and apply a biblical Christian counselling approach. We also discuss mental illness and depression in relation to understanding and renewing the mind.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Counselling Basics
  3. Goals of Pastoral Counselling
  4. Theology of the Human Person
  5. Role Play #1 – Building Rapport
  6. Counselling Theories
  7. All Counselling Techniques
  8. Skills Overview
  9. Assessing the Severity
  10. Role Play #2 – Active Listening
  11. Understanding & Renewing the Mind
  12. Emotions
  13. How we View & Respond to the World
  14. Mental Illness& Depression
  15. Role Play #3 – Building Micro skills

About your instructor

Grant Buchanan

Pastor Grant Buchanan

Prior to Bible teaching, Grant served as a full-time pastor and school chaplain. Although a lecturer in theology and biblical studies with a focus on Pauline theology and the Gospels, Grant also operates as a professional counsellor and is working towards the completion of this Doctor of Philosophy by exploring a pneumatological reading of Galatians in light of 6:15 and the impact this has on Christian identify.

Course Reviews

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COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 1

Rated 5 out of 5
May 9, 2022

I am really enjoying the course, I find it refreshing and eye opening, I am truly learning a lot. I have learnt that counselling is about facilitating changing people, as their attitudes their decisions their behaviour feelings and values. Mentoring and developing skills, strength building, spiritual growth. I have learnt that we are not there to fix people, preach or convert people, delegate. We must always be aware of the immense responsibility and privilege we have to journey with another and not use this to our or others advantage, and in doing so abuse or position our clients. Counselling comes under the mandate of the church, which falls under discipleship and spiritual transformation as Christian counsellors we should always incarnate Christ. Our priorities should always be to care and connect. As counsellors we must resist the desire to offer advise to early if at all, the real heart behind the need often takes a while to surface, so the journey of counselling requires time. I found this quiet interesting that recent studies have concluded that relationships make up for 75% of a persons emotional healing and the counselling relationship only accounts for a small amount of the therapeutic success. I think as counsellors the below statement sums up what counselling is about “The church as a healing community, a place of connection, a place of grace and forgiveness, a place of acceptance, a place of encouragement and support, a place where the Trinity is present in all aspects of life, a place of continued accountability and love.” As Christian counsellors we are not there purely for the change of mind and action, we are part of the disciplining process. I found it interesting learning about the God’s purpose in salvation, the counselling theories: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Approaches; Existential – Humanistic Approaches; Strength Based Approaches and the different Christian Approaches. I enjoyed learning about the emotional aspects of counselling, the ABC sequence as we as the ABCDE approach, mental illness and depression, the causes of depression. This course has taught me pastoral counselling we should love and respect the person, ask questions about what and how sever the problem/feelings are, listening is extremely important, we should not make assumptions about the person or their circumstances, we should never stigmatize the issue, we should seek information about their support network, we should refer to other people if we feel we cannot help and we should pray for them.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Part 2

Rated 5 out of 5
May 9, 2022

I enjoyed this second part of the course, learning the theology of emotions. Learning more in depth about the Christian mis-beliefs about emotions – falsie of Christians not getting sad, anxious or depressed. I loved the quote in the course from Thomas Oden “Christian teaching is not primarily focused upon an analysis of human feelings.”
I found the teaching of “The formation of Christian character could determine which emotion is aroused in certain circumstances” the best way to summarize this course and its teachings. Learning about the different aspects of anger, aggression, passive aggression, its causes and triggers, anxiety especially learning that many struggle because they cannot understand what is going on or what to do about it. Learning that the word anxiety is one word in the English language, but that one word has many different meanings. What are the different triggers and symptoms of anxiety. By doing this course I loved learning about the behavioral strategies on how to best support people and their emotions. It was really refreshing and interesting in learning about the six different role plays – really enjoyed the grief and loss lecturers as I have studied that before in my current church, but to get a different perspective on it and more in a pastoral manner was enlightening – the causes of grief, complicated grief, chronic grief, delayed grief, masked grief, exaggerated grief, how to go about client care in grief and how to apply biblical scripture into it as well. Learning about guilt and shame – personal guilt, false guilt, legal guilt, subjective guilt, learning how to show understanding through the guilt not shaming them or being judgmental loving the person and helping them analyse the problem and the situation. Identifying the shame and the shame process through all of this. Learning about conflict, causes of conflict, data conflict, interest conflicts, value conflicts, structural conflicts, dance of conflicts, conflict management, conflict resolutions.
Learning about solution focused therapy. Group dynamics within the counselling environment. Learning about the inner healing process and what are the important things to consider.
I loved this course and found it to be refreshing and so informative which I believe everyone who wants to do any form of counselling would need to understand, so much so that I am looking at further studies into counselling to get a better understanding of it all.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Part 1

Rated 5 out of 5
May 3, 2022

I am really enjoying the course, I find it refreshing and eye opening, I am truly learning a lot. I have learnt that counselling is about facilitating changing people, as their attitudes their decisions their behavior feelings and values. Mentoring and developing skills, strength building, spiritual growth. I have learnt that we are not there to fix people, preach or convert people, delegate. We must always be aware of the immense responsibility and privilege we have to journey with another and not use this to our or others advantage, and in doing so abuse or position our clients. Counselling comes under the mandate of the church, which falls under discipleship and spiritual transformation as Christian counselors we should always incarnate Christ. Our priorities should always be to care and connect. As counselors we must resist the desire to offer advise to early if at all, the real heart behind the need often takes a while to surface, so the journey of counselling requires time. I found this quiet interesting that recent studies have concluded that relationships make up for 75% of a persons emotional healing and the counselling relationship only accounts for a small amount of the therapeutic success. I think as counselors the below statement sums up what counselling is about “The church as a healing community, a place of connection, a place of grace and forgiveness, a place of acceptance, a place of encouragement and support, a place where the Trinity is present in all aspects of life, a place of continued accountability and love.” As Christian counselors we are not there purely for the change of mind and action, we are part of the disciplining process. I found it interesting learning about the God’s purpose in salvation, the counselling theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Approaches; Existential – Humanistic Approaches; Strength Based Approaches and the different Christian Approaches. I enjoyed learning about the emotional aspects of counselling, the ABC sequence as we as the ABCDE approach, mental illness and depression, the causes of depression. This course has taught me pastoral counselling we should love and respect the person, ask questions about what and how sever the problem/feelings are, listening is extremely important, we should not make assumptions about the person or their circumstances, we should never stigmatize the issue, we should seek information about their support network, we should refer to other people if we feel we cannot help and we should pray for them.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Basics Part 2

Rated 5 out of 5
April 18, 2022

This has been an exceptional course and I enjoyed it. It is packed with well organised content which is focesd on practical life situations

S. M.
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Amazing module

Rated 5 out of 5
April 8, 2022

this module is really amazing and insightful. it helps to pastorally care for people holistically using psychological theories, skills and techniques to achieve change

S.M.
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basic counselling part 1

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

Really solid teaching and good techniques taught . I feel very positive as I viewed this , As a pastor i am already using much of what has been taught for me personally this is renewing training from a few years back , its refreshing to see and evaluate skills and to see growth points on the course as we journey through .

Tina Sampson-Smith
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Counselling Basics: Certified - Part 2

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Counselling Basics: Part 2 discusses the theology of emotions & the emotions that are encountered, including; anger, anxiety, grief & loss, guilt & shame and conflict. Then we evaluate the Christian responses of forgiveness, inner healing and prayer and pastoral counselling.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. A Theology of Emotion
  3. Anger
  4. Anxiety
  5. Supporting People & their Emotions
  6. Role Play #4 Reflecting & Paraphrasing
  7. Grief & Loss (Part 1)
  8. Grief & Loss (Part 2)
  9. Grief & Loss (Part 3)
  10. Role Play #5 – Empathy Statements
  11. Guilt & Shame
  12. Forgiveness
  13. Conflict
  14. Solution Focused Therapy
  15. Role Play #6 ‘Solution Focused Counselling’
  16. Ethics
  17. Group Dynamics
  18. Referral
  19. The Holy Spirit
  20. Prayer & Pastoral Counselling
  21. Inner Healing
  22. Course Summary

About your instructor

Grant Buchanan

Pastor Grant Buchanan

Prior to Bible teaching, Grant served as a full-time pastor and school chaplain. Although a lecturer in theology and biblical studies with a focus on Pauline theology and the Gospels, Grant also operates as a professional counsellor and is working towards the completion of this Doctor of Philosophy by exploring a pneumatological reading of Galatians in light of 6:15 and the impact this has on Christian identify.

Course Reviews

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COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 2

Rated 5 out of 5
May 9, 2022

I enjoyed this second part of the course, learning the theology of emotions. Learning more in depth about the Christian mis-beliefs about emotions – falsie of Christians not getting sad, anxious or depressed. I loved the quote in the course from Thomas Oden “Christian teaching is not primarily focused upon an analysis of human feelings.”
I found the teaching of “The formation of Christian character could determine which emotion is aroused in certain circumstances” the best way to summarize this course and its teachings. Learning about the different aspects of anger, aggression, passive aggression, its causes and triggers, anxiety especially learning that many struggle because they cannot understand what is going on or what to do about it. Learning that the word anxiety is one word in the English language, but that one word has many different meanings. What are the different triggers and symptoms of anxiety. By doing this course I loved learning about the behavioural strategies on how to best support people and their emotions. It was really refreshing and interesting in learning about the six different role plays – really enjoyed the grief and loss lecturers as I have studied that before in my current church, but to get a different perspective on it and more in a pastoral manner was enlightening – the causes of grief, complicated grief, chronic grief, delayed grief, masked grief, exaggerated grief, how to go about client care in grief and how to apply biblical scripture into it as well. Learning about guilt and shame – personal guilt, false guilt, legal guilt, subjective guilt, learning how to show understanding through the guilt not shaming them or being judgmental loving the person and helping them analyse the problem and the situation. Identifying the shame and the shame process through all of this. Learning about conflict, causes of conflict, data conflict, interest conflicts, value conflicts, structural conflicts, dance of conflicts, conflict management, conflict resolutions.
Learning about solution focused therapy. Group dynamics within the counselling environment. Learning about the inner healing process and what are the important things to consider.
I loved this course and found it to be refreshing and so informative which I believe everyone who wants to do any form of counselling would need to understand, so much so that I am looking at further studies into counselling to get a better understanding of it all.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Part 2

Rated 5 out of 5
May 9, 2022

I enjoyed this second part of the course, learning the theology of emotions. Learning more in depth about the Christian mis-beliefs about emotions – falsie of Christians not getting sad, anxious or depressed. I loved the quote in the course from Thomas Oden “Christian teaching is not primarily focused upon an analysis of human feelings.”
I found the teaching of “The formation of Christian character could determine which emotion is aroused in certain circumstances” the best way to summarize this course and its teachings. Learning about the different aspects of anger, aggression, passive aggression, its causes and triggers, anxiety especially learning that many struggle because they cannot understand what is going on or what to do about it. Learning that the word anxiety is one word in the English language, but that one word has many different meanings. What are the different triggers and symptoms of anxiety. By doing this course I loved learning about the behavioral strategies on how to best support people and their emotions. It was really refreshing and interesting in learning about the six different role plays – really enjoyed the grief and loss lecturers as I have studied that before in my current church, but to get a different perspective on it and more in a pastoral manner was enlightening – the causes of grief, complicated grief, chronic grief, delayed grief, masked grief, exaggerated grief, how to go about client care in grief and how to apply biblical scripture into it as well. Learning about guilt and shame – personal guilt, false guilt, legal guilt, subjective guilt, learning how to show understanding through the guilt not shaming them or being judgmental loving the person and helping them analyse the problem and the situation. Identifying the shame and the shame process through all of this. Learning about conflict, causes of conflict, data conflict, interest conflicts, value conflicts, structural conflicts, dance of conflicts, conflict management, conflict resolutions.
Learning about solution focused therapy. Group dynamics within the counselling environment. Learning about the inner healing process and what are the important things to consider.
I loved this course and found it to be refreshing and so informative which I believe everyone who wants to do any form of counselling would need to understand, so much so that I am looking at further studies into counselling to get a better understanding of it all.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Part 1

Rated 5 out of 5
May 3, 2022

I am really enjoying the course, I find it refreshing and eye opening, I am truly learning a lot. I have learnt that counselling is about facilitating changing people, as their attitudes their decisions their behavior feelings and values. Mentoring and developing skills, strength building, spiritual growth. I have learnt that we are not there to fix people, preach or convert people, delegate. We must always be aware of the immense responsibility and privilege we have to journey with another and not use this to our or others advantage, and in doing so abuse or position our clients. Counselling comes under the mandate of the church, which falls under discipleship and spiritual transformation as Christian counselors we should always incarnate Christ. Our priorities should always be to care and connect. As counselors we must resist the desire to offer advise to early if at all, the real heart behind the need often takes a while to surface, so the journey of counselling requires time. I found this quiet interesting that recent studies have concluded that relationships make up for 75% of a persons emotional healing and the counselling relationship only accounts for a small amount of the therapeutic success. I think as counselors the below statement sums up what counselling is about “The church as a healing community, a place of connection, a place of grace and forgiveness, a place of acceptance, a place of encouragement and support, a place where the Trinity is present in all aspects of life, a place of continued accountability and love.” As Christian counselors we are not there purely for the change of mind and action, we are part of the disciplining process. I found it interesting learning about the God’s purpose in salvation, the counselling theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Approaches; Existential – Humanistic Approaches; Strength Based Approaches and the different Christian Approaches. I enjoyed learning about the emotional aspects of counselling, the ABC sequence as we as the ABCDE approach, mental illness and depression, the causes of depression. This course has taught me pastoral counselling we should love and respect the person, ask questions about what and how sever the problem/feelings are, listening is extremely important, we should not make assumptions about the person or their circumstances, we should never stigmatize the issue, we should seek information about their support network, we should refer to other people if we feel we cannot help and we should pray for them.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Counselling Basics Part 2

Rated 5 out of 5
April 18, 2022

This has been an exceptional course and I enjoyed it. It is packed with well organised content which is focesd on practical life situations

S. M.
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Amazing module

Rated 5 out of 5
April 8, 2022

this module is really amazing and insightful. it helps to pastorally care for people holistically using psychological theories, skills and techniques to achieve change

S.M.
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Growing in understanding

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

When I originally trained not much of this was covered , many people don’t think that counselling is relevant but more and more I have found in this Covid season , that we are in deep need of this . If we as pastors can bring someone into full knowledge and are able to help , but it’s also so important you can refer . For me personally this has been important that I can refer to which service someone needs . I have grown in how I am able to help a person through new knowledge. I am so thankful to God that doing this course has equipped me for more service to his people in his church .

Tina Sampson-Smith
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Certificate of Pastoral Care Reviews

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Pastoral Care Review

Rated 5 out of 5

PASTORAL CARE REVIEW:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testament. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.
COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 1:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I am really enjoying the course, I find it refreshing and eye opening, I am truly learning a lot. I have learnt that counselling is about facilitating changing people, as their attitudes their decisions their behaviour feelings and values. Mentoring and developing skills, strength building, spiritual growth. I have learnt that we are not there to fix people, preach or convert people, delegate. We must always be aware of the immense responsibility and privilege we have to journey with another and not use this to our or others advantage, and in doing so abuse or position our clients. Counselling comes under the mandate of the church, which falls under discipleship and spiritual transformation as Christian counsellors we should always incarnate Christ. Our priorities should always be to care and connect. As counsellors we must resist the desire to offer advise to early if at all, the real heart behind the need often takes a while to surface, so the journey of counselling requires time. I found this quiet interesting that recent studies have concluded that relationships make up for 75% of a persons emotional healing and the counselling relationship only accounts for a small amount of the therapeutic success. I think as counsellors the below statement sums up what counselling is about “The church as a healing community, a place of connection, a place of grace and forgiveness, a place of acceptance, a place of encouragement and support, a place where the Trinity is present in all aspects of life, a place of continued accountability and love.” As Christian counsellors we are not there purely for the change of mind and action, we are part of the disciplining process. I found it interesting learning about the God’s purpose in salvation, the counselling theories: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Approaches; Existential – Humanistic Approaches; Strength Based Approaches and the different Christian Approaches. I enjoyed learning about the emotional aspects of counselling, the ABC sequence as we as the ABCDE approach, mental illness and depression, the causes of depression. This course has taught me pastoral counselling we should love and respect the person, ask questions about what and how sever the problem/feelings are, listening is extremely important, we should not make assumptions about the person or their circumstances, we should never stigmatize the issue, we should seek information about their support network, we should refer to other people if we feel we cannot help and we should pray for them.
COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 2:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I enjoyed this second part of the course, learning the theology of emotions. Learning more in depth about the Christian mis-beliefs about emotions – falsie of Christians not getting sad, anxious or depressed. I loved the quote in the course from Thomas Oden “Christian teaching is not primarily focused upon an analysis of human feelings.”
I found the teaching of “The formation of Christian character could determine which emotion is aroused in certain circumstances” the best way to summarize this course and its teachings. Learning about the different aspects of anger, aggression, passive aggression, its causes and triggers, anxiety especially learning that many struggle because they cannot understand what is going on or what to do about it. Learning that the word anxiety is one word in the English language, but that one word has many different meanings. What are the different triggers and symptoms of anxiety. By doing this course I loved learning about the behavioural strategies on how to best support people and their emotions. It was really refreshing and interesting in learning about the six different role plays – really enjoyed the grief and loss lecturers as I have studied that before in my current church, but to get a different perspective on it and more in a pastoral manner was enlightening – the causes of grief, complicated grief, chronic grief, delayed grief, masked grief, exaggerated grief, how to go about client care in grief and how to apply biblical scripture into it as well. Learning about guilt and shame – personal guilt, false guilt, legal guilt, subjective guilt, learning how to show understanding through the guilt not shaming them or being judgmental loving the person and helping them analyse the problem and the situation. Identifying the shame and the shame process through all of this. Learning about conflict, causes of conflict, data conflict, interest conflicts, value conflicts, structural conflicts, dance of conflicts, conflict management, conflict resolutions.
Learning about solution focused therapy. Group dynamics within the counselling environment. Learning about the inner healing process and what are the important things to consider.
I loved this course and found it to be refreshing and so informative which I believe everyone who wants to do any form of counselling would need to understand, so much so that I am looking at further studies into counselling to get a better understanding of it all.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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PASTORAL CARE REVIEW

Rated 5 out of 5

I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testament. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Deeper knowledge and understanding

Rated 5 out of 5

The pastoral care course was of great benefit to me since there was no time restrictions to complete the course. The topic covered in the course was well presented and the layout was excellent. I was able to comprehend and understand all the sessions.

Glory David
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Rated 5 out of 5
May 11, 2022

PASTORAL CARE REVIEW:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testament. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.
COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 1:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I am really enjoying the course, I find it refreshing and eye opening, I am truly learning a lot. I have learnt that counselling is about facilitating changing people, as their attitudes their decisions their behaviour feelings and values. Mentoring and developing skills, strength building, spiritual growth. I have learnt that we are not there to fix people, preach or convert people, delegate. We must always be aware of the immense responsibility and privilege we have to journey with another and not use this to our or others advantage, and in doing so abuse or position our clients. Counselling comes under the mandate of the church, which falls under discipleship and spiritual transformation as Christian counsellors we should always incarnate Christ. Our priorities should always be to care and connect. As counsellors we must resist the desire to offer advise to early if at all, the real heart behind the need often takes a while to surface, so the journey of counselling requires time. I found this quiet interesting that recent studies have concluded that relationships make up for 75% of a persons emotional healing and the counselling relationship only accounts for a small amount of the therapeutic success. I think as counsellors the below statement sums up what counselling is about “The church as a healing community, a place of connection, a place of grace and forgiveness, a place of acceptance, a place of encouragement and support, a place where the Trinity is present in all aspects of life, a place of continued accountability and love.” As Christian counsellors we are not there purely for the change of mind and action, we are part of the disciplining process. I found it interesting learning about the God’s purpose in salvation, the counselling theories: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Approaches; Existential – Humanistic Approaches; Strength Based Approaches and the different Christian Approaches. I enjoyed learning about the emotional aspects of counselling, the ABC sequence as we as the ABCDE approach, mental illness and depression, the causes of depression. This course has taught me pastoral counselling we should love and respect the person, ask questions about what and how sever the problem/feelings are, listening is extremely important, we should not make assumptions about the person or their circumstances, we should never stigmatize the issue, we should seek information about their support network, we should refer to other people if we feel we cannot help and we should pray for them.
COUNSELLING BASICS – PART 2:
RATING: 5 Stars
REVIEW:
I enjoyed this second part of the course, learning the theology of emotions. Learning more in depth about the Christian mis-beliefs about emotions – falsie of Christians not getting sad, anxious or depressed. I loved the quote in the course from Thomas Oden “Christian teaching is not primarily focused upon an analysis of human feelings.”
I found the teaching of “The formation of Christian character could determine which emotion is aroused in certain circumstances” the best way to summarize this course and its teachings. Learning about the different aspects of anger, aggression, passive aggression, its causes and triggers, anxiety especially learning that many struggle because they cannot understand what is going on or what to do about it. Learning that the word anxiety is one word in the English language, but that one word has many different meanings. What are the different triggers and symptoms of anxiety. By doing this course I loved learning about the behavioural strategies on how to best support people and their emotions. It was really refreshing and interesting in learning about the six different role plays – really enjoyed the grief and loss lecturers as I have studied that before in my current church, but to get a different perspective on it and more in a pastoral manner was enlightening – the causes of grief, complicated grief, chronic grief, delayed grief, masked grief, exaggerated grief, how to go about client care in grief and how to apply biblical scripture into it as well. Learning about guilt and shame – personal guilt, false guilt, legal guilt, subjective guilt, learning how to show understanding through the guilt not shaming them or being judgmental loving the person and helping them analyse the problem and the situation. Identifying the shame and the shame process through all of this. Learning about conflict, causes of conflict, data conflict, interest conflicts, value conflicts, structural conflicts, dance of conflicts, conflict management, conflict resolutions.
Learning about solution focused therapy. Group dynamics within the counselling environment. Learning about the inner healing process and what are the important things to consider.
I loved this course and found it to be refreshing and so informative which I believe everyone who wants to do any form of counselling would need to understand, so much so that I am looking at further studies into counselling to get a better understanding of it all.

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Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
Rated 5 out of 5
May 9, 2022

I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testament. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.

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Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
Rated 5 out of 5
March 28, 2022

The pastoral care course was of great benefit to me since there was no time restrictions to complete the course. The topic covered in the course was well presented and the layout was excellent. I was able to comprehend and understand all the sessions.

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Glory David
Rated 4 out of 5
November 29, 2021

Excellent course

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Lynette Kent
Rated 5 out of 5
September 13, 2021

I found the course comprehensive, balanced and biblical. It encompassed our own relationship with Jesus in that because we are not perfect we need to address our own things to be effective for others. All the talks were well done and questions relevant. I intend to do more study with Axx and have already recommended them to others.

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Certificate of Pastoral Care Requirements

All assessment tasks must be completed to be certified

  • Learners are required to complete all video lessons
  • Each lesson has a short multiple choice quiz
  • There are no essays to be written in this qualification