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
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Academic Level

Certificate/Diploma

Duration

4-6 Months

Assessment

Yes. Certificate of Completion

Study Method

Online

Preview Certificate of Pastoral Care

“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

  • This certificate is a foundational qualification and is designed for those who want to learn the introductory skills of pastoral care and counselling.
  • It is ideal for those in pastoral care, small group setting or any ministry that is focused on listening and caring for people in a practical way.

What you will learn

Pastoral Care

  • How to care for people pastorally. You will be provided with the tools and teaching to work within a good pastoral care team.

Counselling Basics: Part 1

  • The introductory skills and knowledge required to establish and apply a biblical Christian counselling approach. You will also learn about mental illness and depression in relation to understanding and renewing the mind.

Counselling Basics: Part 2

  • The theology of emotions and the emotions that are encountered in counselling and life including; anger, anxiety, grief & loss, guilt & shame and conflict. You will then learn about forgiveness, inner healing, prayer and pastoral counselling.

Included Courses

Preview Pastoral Care

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.

Course Reviews

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A Good resource for Christian leadership

24 November 2022

I have found this to be a total resource material for me to have a good relationship with my church and for that matter be able to work well.

Joe D
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Valuable learning

30 October 2022

Pastoral Care is much more than I thought it was. I have gained a lot of insight into the role of pastoral care from the history to conflict resolution to self care, etc. I believe this course really prepares one for doing God’s work in caring for others.

DJP
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Pastoral care

25 October 2022

I’m really blessed

Letsibogo Mosekwa
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Play to Preview Counselling Skills

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

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 84 reviews)
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Counselling Basics Part 2

24 November 2022

The contents on Counselling Basucs did not only prepared me for working effectively on Counselling field but ministered to me on personal level. I have noticed unanticipated growth and professional approaches on this field since commencement on this training. My honest gratitude to entire Axx leadership for your professional contributions and development you have made on this qualification. Being in the Radio Ministry platform i am seing significant development and testimonies of those that their lives are under consistent gradual transformation and positively changed. May the Lord bless you mightily as you keep sowing an internal seeds of education to the spiritual Leaders around the world for the glory of God.

Pastor Thokoane Justice Teboho

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Mind blowing experience

19 November 2022

I am so honored to be part of such experience, I just fell in love with Pastoral Counselling through the teachings or Pastor Grant.

I feel new inside after finishing this lesson.

God bless you 👏

Asanda P Casa
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SPIRITUAL COUNSELING

19 November 2022

I have enjoyed the lesson regarding counseling and the holy spirit. I have learned that the holy spirit is truly a helper and does not impose himself on us other than in the form of conviction. God has given us will power to make decisions for ourselves.

Tshosa Moraka
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Play to Preview Counselling Skills

Counselling Basics: Part 2 discuss the theology of emotions & the emotions that are encountered including; anger, anxiety, grief & loss, guilt & shame and conflict. Then discusses 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

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 84 reviews)
Excellent95%
Very good4%
Average1%
Poor0%
Terrible0%

Counselling Basics Part 2

24 November 2022

The contents on Counselling Basucs did not only prepared me for working effectively on Counselling field but ministered to me on personal level. I have noticed unanticipated growth and professional approaches on this field since commencement on this training. My honest gratitude to entire Axx leadership for your professional contributions and development you have made on this qualification. Being in the Radio Ministry platform i am seing significant development and testimonies of those that their lives are under consistent gradual transformation and positively changed. May the Lord bless you mightily as you keep sowing an internal seeds of education to the spiritual Leaders around the world for the glory of God.

Pastor Thokoane Justice Teboho

Thokoane Justice Teboho
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Mind blowing experience

19 November 2022

I am so honored to be part of such experience, I just fell in love with Pastoral Counselling through the teachings or Pastor Grant.

I feel new inside after finishing this lesson.

God bless you 👏

Asanda P Casa
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SPIRITUAL COUNSELING

19 November 2022

I have enjoyed the lesson regarding counseling and the holy spirit. I have learned that the holy spirit is truly a helper and does not impose himself on us other than in the form of conviction. God has given us will power to make decisions for ourselves.

Tshosa Moraka
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Certificate of Pastoral Care Enrolment Options

Monthly Subscription

$AUD 30 / mo
  • Biblical care and counselling skills
  • 3 Specifically Designed Courses
  • Access with an active subscription
  • 65 Lessons
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Upfront Payment

$AUD 125
  • Biblical care and counselling skills
  • 3 Specifically Designed Courses
  • Lifetime access to all resources
  • 65 Lessons

Certificate of Pastoral Care Snapshot

  • 3 specifically designed courses
  • 65 lessons
  • 21 hours on-demand video
  • Certification
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on computer, mobile devices and TV
  • All learning resources, handouts and E-library at no extra cost
  • Personalised Certified Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Pastoral Care Reviews

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4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 14 reviews)
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Pastoral Care Review

11 May 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.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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PASTORAL CARE REVIEW

9 May 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.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Deeper knowledge and understanding

28 March 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.

Glory David
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Certificate of Pastoral Care Requirements

  • This qualification only requires a desire to see people cared for in a pastoral, family or ministry setting.
  • A heart to make a difference in peoples lives.
  • Learners are welcome to commence this qualification at any time
  • A computer, tablet or smartphone is required
  • No additional software is required
  • Internet connection is required
  • Lessons are presented in English

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
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