Lay-Christian Counseling (LCC)

The goals for the Lay Christian Counseling Program are to impart the biblical basis of counseling, explore biblical teaching about human issues and problems; give greater awareness to helping skills and to provide training resources for pastors and lay counselors as they assist counselees with working through their problems. Students in this program are required to complete 60-credit hours of COGBF coursework. Credits from outside institutions are unacceptable. Completion of this programs prepares candidates to become ordained/consecrated ministers in the COGBF. This program requires 14 core courses and six highly specialized Lay-Christian Counseling courses.The required courses for this program are:
CSL101: Introduction to Counseling: This first counseling course introduces students to the field of Christian Counseling with clarity and sensitivity. It builds on biblical foundations and the best resources of professional psychology. It reflects the insights the author has gained from many years of Christian counseling.
 

CSL102 Developmental Issues Counseling: This course prepares students to confront the many prominent developmental issues facing society today. Issues including, guilt, anxiety, adolescence, loneliness and many other topics will be covered. These lessons are biblically-based and collaborated with the best resources of professional psychology.

CSL201 Identity and Conflict Counseling: This course prepares students to address conflicts in relationships, sexual issues, homosexuality and many other interpersonal issues. Students will also learn how to take on identity issues including: inferiorities, low self-esteem and life-changes such physical illnesses and grief.

 

CSL202 Crises Counseling: This course prepares students to address mental disorders, addictions, financial issues, vocational issues, spiritual issues and many other control related issues.

 

CMF202 Marriage and Family Counseling: This course prepares students to address relationship issues. It focuses on counseling single individuals as well as those who are married with families. It prepares ministers to provide effective pre-marital counseling as well the issues that occurs in families

 
CTC101: The Teaching Ministry: Students are expected to complete this course with a good understanding of the teaching ministry and what it takes to be an effective teacher of the Gospel. Upon completion of this course, students will have a teaching outline to assist with organized delivery of sermons and/Bible study lessons.
 
 
DOC101: Church of God by Faith Doctrine and Practices: This course provides students with an in-debt study of the Ritual of the Church of God by Faith. Students will learned about the COGBF Articles of Faith, Constitution, leadership structure, leadership authority, leadership prohibitions and reporting structure of the COGBF. Students will also learn to perform a variety of different ministerial ceremonies.
 
ETH101: Ministerial Ethics: This course provides students with tools for sharpening their personal and professional decision making skills. It focuses on the unique moral role of the minister and the ethical responsibilities of the vocation and to provide a clear statement of the ethical obligations contemporary clergy should assume in their personal and professional lives.
 
EVG101: The Theology of Evangelism Part I: This course presents theological principles that govern evangelism including how it is performed in the church, as well as the family and personal interaction. It includes preaching, one-on-one witnessing, missions, parenting evangelism, and commissioning and supporting missionaries. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the first of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
 
GIS101: COGBF Governing Instrument Studies Part I: This course was specifically developed to train students on the official governing policies of the Church of God by Faith. Students will learn ministry policies and procedures in this first part of a two part series.
 
GIS102: COGBF Governing Instrument Studies Part II: This course was specifically developed to train students on the official governing policies of the Church of God by Faith. Students will learn ministry policies and procedures in this second part of a two part series.
 
HIS101: History of the Church of God by Faith, Inc.: Students are expected to learn about the key leaders in the COGBF including the founders, bishops and many other important members of the church. Students will learn the history of COGBF conventions, key ministries and auxiliaries while understanding the formulation of specific districts and churches.
 
 
HOM101: Introduction to Homiletics will provide a simple and clear explanation for the construction of sermons. This course will cover the basics for understanding homiletical tasks, developing homiletical techniques and the use of homiletical treasury through Old and New Testament passages
 
SOT101: Survey of the Old Testament Survey of the Old Testament will assist students in seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures. This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the Old Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the Old Testament into seven areas; the Foundational Books, Complementation Books, Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile, and Prophets after the Exile, however only the Foundational and Complementation Books will be taught in SOT 101.
 
SOT102: Survey of the Old Testament II Survey of the Old Testament will assist students in “seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures.”1 This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the Old Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the Old Testament into seven areas; the Foundational Books, Complementation Books, Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile, and Prophets after the Exile; however only the Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile will be taught in SOT 102.
 

SNT101: Survey of the New Testament I: This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the New Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the New Testament into five parts; Part I: Introduction, Overview, Background of the New Testament, Part II: The Gospels, Part III: The Acts, Part IV: The Epistles and Part V: The Revelation; however only Parts I and II will be taught in SNT 101.

SNT 102:: Survey of the New Testament II: Survey of the New Testament will assist students in seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the New Testament Scriptures. This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the New Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the New Testament into five parts; Part I: Introduction, Overview, and Background of the New Testament, Part II: The Gospels, Part III: The Acts, Part IV: The Epistles and Part V: The Revelation; however only Parts III thru V will be taught in SNT 102.

SEM101: Seminar Series: This course is a series of seminars that will be presented by seasoned elders during the conventions each year. The topics are varied and all students are required to attend.
 
 

CHR101: Introduction to Church Planting: This course provides instructions on methods and procedures for church planting and church multiplication as well as how to motivate those who have a heart for starting churches throughout the United States and abroad.

PRC350: Lay-Christian Counseling Practicum Students will gain practical experience with helping individuals improve the quality of their lives.