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How to Become a Christian Counselor

Stephen Rampur Aug 7, 2020
If you aspire to become a Christian counselor, you need to have a thorough knowledge of the Holy Bible and all aspects of Christianity.
There are many interesting career opportunities, which involve a lot of communication. One such job is that of a Christian counselor. As the name suggests, these are psychology professionals, who are adept in conventional counseling practices as well as spiritual aspects of Christianity.
They mainly work for depressed people who need help, keeping in mind the Christian laws, concepts, rules, and practices. This is a field, which along with traditional psychology, demands a significant amount of additional knowledge about the religion. There are some believers of Jesus Christ, who also work as counselors in the community without a degree.

Decide on this Career

The first step is to decide if you really want to become one. Determine if you want to become a professional, or a counselor. Decide if you want to enter this career to make a living, or to serve people. This is because you can become a Christian counselor even without training and certification, and simply by knowing and practicing a true Christian life.

Consider Licensing Requirements

You can start with taking Bible study lessons in local churches, and know about its teachings. You need to practice what you learn. If you are considering it a full-time career for a living, find out if your state needs you to obtain licensure. If you wish to get a license from state, you will have to adopt typical counseling practices allowed by state law.

Educational Requirements

You can attend Christian college/university for a degree in psychology, counseling, theology. One can choose a bachelor's/master's degree, or a doctorate. Contact professional associations, like National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA), Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), or American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Refer to their respective websites to know more about related programs and other requirements.

Practicing it

After you become familiar with the true Christian life and start practicing the same, or have completed your education, you can move on to work. You can address simple problems of teens and youngsters in churches for a start. In order to solve problems of other people, you need to be well versed with Christian teachings.
Include Biblical concepts and examples to solve the emotional issues of people. You can even attend special conferences, and network with church authorities in your neighborhood to excel in the skill.
In many cases, pastors and elders of the church play the role of counselors, and may also work in marriage counseling, family counseling, and teen counseling. Experienced professionals would be able to counsel all kinds of people, regardless of the nature of their problems.
Since this career is not chosen for earning money, but for helping people emotionally, the salary range is not expected to be high. The average income is considered to be around USD 39,000 per annum.