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
From AUD$30.00/mo
Flexible Choice (Monthly Subscription)

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

Pastoral Care: Certified

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

4.9
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 69 reviews)
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So grateful and blessed. Thank you Lord and thank you Axx

06/12/2024

Absolutely Indepth teaching, practical and in keeping with the Word and Truth of our God.

Joyce
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So grateful and blessed. Thank you Lord and thank you Axx

06/12/2024

Real Indepth teaching on practical approaches to pastoral care in keeping with God’s Word and His truth.

So blessed and so grateful to everyone involved in imparting this vital course to us.

Thank you.

Joyce
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Pastoral care

05/14/2024

As a paster is a church I now know how to shepherd my sheep

Apostle Kevin Liyayi
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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

5.0
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 297 reviews)
Excellent95%
Very good5%
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Counselling Basics: Part 2

07/11/2024

My experience with ‘Counselling Basics: Part 2’ has been incredibly transformative and enriching. This course deepened my understanding of the theology of emotions and equipped me with practical skills to effectively counsel individuals facing a ranSince completing the course, I have applied what I learned to provide compassionate pastoral care and counselling to individuals navigating grief, guilt, and relational conflicts in my church community. The emphasis on forgiveness and inner healing has been particularly impactful, empowering me to facilitate spiritual and emotional transformation.

I highly recommend ‘Counselling Basics: Part 2’ to anyone involved in pastoral care or counselling ministries. This course equips counsellors with essential theological insights, practical skills, and ethical guidelines to compassionately journey with others through emotional challenges, fostering healing and restoration.

ENOCH MTHIMUNYE
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My journey with 'Counselling Basics: Part 1'

07/11/2024

This course equipped me with foundational skills and a biblical framework for Christian counselling, preparing me to engage compassionately and effectively with individuals facing mental health challenges

Since completing the course, I have applied what I learned to support individuals struggling with mental illness and depression in my church and community. The biblical perspective on renewing the mind has been particularly impactful, helping me to guide others toward spiritual and emotional healing.

Enoch
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Interesting course

07/09/2024

The course has helped me to become a good counselor.

Blessings
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Counselling Basics: Certified – Part 2

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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

5.0
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 297 reviews)
Excellent95%
Very good5%
Average0%
Poor0%
Terrible0%

Counselling Basics: Part 2

07/11/2024

My experience with ‘Counselling Basics: Part 2’ has been incredibly transformative and enriching. This course deepened my understanding of the theology of emotions and equipped me with practical skills to effectively counsel individuals facing a ranSince completing the course, I have applied what I learned to provide compassionate pastoral care and counselling to individuals navigating grief, guilt, and relational conflicts in my church community. The emphasis on forgiveness and inner healing has been particularly impactful, empowering me to facilitate spiritual and emotional transformation.

I highly recommend ‘Counselling Basics: Part 2’ to anyone involved in pastoral care or counselling ministries. This course equips counsellors with essential theological insights, practical skills, and ethical guidelines to compassionately journey with others through emotional challenges, fostering healing and restoration.

ENOCH MTHIMUNYE
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My journey with 'Counselling Basics: Part 1'

07/11/2024

This course equipped me with foundational skills and a biblical framework for Christian counselling, preparing me to engage compassionately and effectively with individuals facing mental health challenges

Since completing the course, I have applied what I learned to support individuals struggling with mental illness and depression in my church and community. The biblical perspective on renewing the mind has been particularly impactful, helping me to guide others toward spiritual and emotional healing.

Enoch
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Interesting course

07/09/2024

The course has helped me to become a good counselor.

Blessings
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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
Best Value

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 22 reviews)
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A great refresher course

11/18/2023

Terry Peter Christian Nightingale
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Great Listening Techniques

08/02/2023

GJ
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Pastoral care skills and Spiritual gifts

07/10/2023

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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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