This course is part of the Harvestime curriculum. This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel.

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What you will learn?

Biblical Teaching

The subject of this course is "Teaching Tactics". "Teaching" is the act of instructing another person. Biblical teaching includes imparting knowledge and demonstrating how to apply that knowledge to personal life and ministry. "Tactics" are methods used to achieve a goal, purpose, or objective. In the military, the subject of "tactics" teaches soldiers how to use their weapons to achieve an advantage over the enemy. The same is true in the spiritual world. If we apply God's methods or "tactics", we can conquer spiritual enemies which include the world, the flesh and Satan with all his powers.

In "Teaching Tactics" you will learn how to use a great spiritual weapon. That weapon is the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). You will learn tactics of preaching and teaching God's Word for the purpose of defeating the enemy. This course uses God's Word, the Holy Bible, as the revelation upon which all teaching is based. In Biblical teaching the teacher, subject, and methods must all be in harmony with the Bible.
Teaching is not just the communicating of doctrine or information. Students must experience God, not just learn information about Him. Teaching is the transmission [imparting] of both a life and lifestyle. The life to be imparted to students is new life in Jesus Christ through new birth spiritually (John 3). The lifestyle to be imparted is that of the Kingdom of God. Students must be taught how to live as "citizens" in this Kingdom, learning both the privileges and responsibilities of their position.

Sometimes, we have been content to borrow man-made educational systems instead of learning and applying what God's Word reveals about teaching. This course focuses on Biblical message and methods of teaching. You will learn and apply methods of the master teacher, Jesus Christ. You will understand the functions of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in your teaching. Guidelines are given for analyzing the audience, stating objectives, planning the lesson, using different teaching methods, and evaluating your teaching. The relationship between teaching and preaching is examined and guidelines are given for preaching Biblical messages. You will also learn how to train others to teach and how to adapt your teaching to illiterate people [those who
cannot read or write.

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Course Objectives
What does the course cover?

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
 Explain the difference between the position of a teacher, the gift of teaching, and the
command to all believers to teach.
 Summarize the mission and methods of the master teacher, Jesus Christ.
 Explain the functions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in teaching.
 Use Biblical methods of teaching.
 Explain the mission of the teacher.
 List Biblical qualifications for teachers.
 Analyze the audience.
 State instructional objectives.
 Teach a Bible lesson.
 Explain the relationship between teaching and preaching.
 Preach a Bible message.
 Develop and use audio-visual aids.
 Evaluate your teaching and preaching.
 Train others to teach.
 Select and/or develop Biblical curriculum.
 Adapt your teaching to those who are illiterate.

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An Introduction to Teaching
Chapter 1

Read Pages 7-18

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Identify a New Testament reference that commissions believers to teach.
 Define the words "teach", "teacher", and "teaching".
 Explain why we need teachers.
 Explain the difference between the leadership position of teacher and the speaking gift of teaching.
 Identify who is to be taught.
 Identify two main objectives of teaching.
 List Biblical warnings given to teachers.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Have you ever explained to another person something they did not know? Perhaps you showed them how to do a certain task? If so, you have already experienced teaching. You may be asking yourself, "Why should I study this lesson? Why should I take a course on `teaching tactics'?" In this chapter you will learn why each believer must know how to teach. You will learn what it means to teach, the main objectives of teaching, why teachers are needed, and who is to be taught.
You will learn the difference between the leadership position of a teacher, the gift of teaching, and the general command to all believers to teach. You will also learn the serious responsibility of teaching as you study special Biblical warnings.

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Chapter 2

Read Pages 19-32

 Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Explain the functions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in teaching.
 Identify Jesus Christ as the greatest teacher, the example for all to follow.
 Identify personality qualities that should be evident in the life of a teacher.
 Explain the mission of Jesus as a teacher come from God.
 Summarize where, when, and who Jesus taught.
 Give a Biblical reference which confirms we are sent by Jesus as He was sent by God.
 Identify your mission as a teacher come from God.

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with Him. (John 3:2)

In this chapter you will learn the functions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Biblical teaching. You will learn details of the mission of Jesus, "a teacher come from God". From this study you will discover the divine purpose of your own mission as a teacher.

Biblical teaching is empowered by divine agents. This means there are spiritual powers behind such teaching. It is not just the teaching of a man. The divine agents of Biblical teaching are God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

You learned in the last chapter that it is God who sets believers in the Church with the spiritual gift and office of teaching (Ephesians 4:11). In Biblical teaching the subject that is taught God's Word. You will learn more about this in the next chapter as you study the message of the teacher come from God.

It is God the Father who sent Jesus Christ to earth to teach us about Himself and to provide salvation for all mankind:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

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Chapter 3

Read Pages  33-39

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Summarize the basic message taught by Jesus Christ.
 Give a Biblical reference which summarizes basic elements of the Gospel message.
 Recognize that believers are to teach the same message Jesus taught.
 Recognize that teaching and preaching should be accompanied with the demonstration of God's power.
 Identify the Bible as the basis for instruction on the Kingdom of God.

And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8)

In the last chapter you learned of the teaching mission of Jesus which is now the responsibility of believers. You studied qualities of His lifestyle which should be evident in your life as a teacher. You learned why, when, where and who Jesus taught. In this and the following chapter you will learn what Jesus taught. Jesus did not have a lifetime to train His disciples. He only had a few short years, so He focused His teaching on important concepts. The content of His message should be the focus of your own teaching mission.

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Chapter 4

Pages 40-59

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Continue studying the message taught by Jesus.
 Use this lesson to share the teachings of Jesus Christ with others.

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (I John 1:5)

The general message of Jesus was the Gospel of the Kingdom. But what were the specific details of His teaching?

1. Obtain a red letter edition of the Bible. This is a Bible which has everything Jesus said printed in red. You can study His teachings in detail by studying all that is printed in red in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts chapter One. (If you cannot obtain such a Bible, then use a regular Bible and underline everything Jesus said.)

2. Study Acts and the Epistles [Romans through Jude] in the New Testament. Observe what these believers taught as they fulfilled the teaching commission given by Jesus.

3. Use the following outline to study and teach what Jesus taught.

This outline lists references for all the subjects Jesus taught on during His earthly ministry. The teachings are grouped according to general subject matter. There are four main books in the Bible which record the teachings of Jesus. These are the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Often a certain teaching of Jesus is repeated in all four books. The references in this chapter are organized to combine these similar accounts.

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Chapter 6

Pages 61-72

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to explain how Jesus used the following
teaching methods:
 Miracles
 Authority
 Love And Compassion
 Association And Imitation
 Response
 Delegation
 Environment
 Visual Demonstration
 The Principle Of Gradual Learning
 Grouping Of Students
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)

You have learned when, where, why, and what Jesus taught during His earthly ministry. In this and the following chapter you will study how Jesus taught. These lessons focus on the methods He used in teaching. A method is a plan, system, procedure, or way of doing something. The teaching methods of Jesus refer to how He taught.

Often, the Church has been content to use secular educational methods rather than those revealed in God's Word. The best methods for Biblical teaching are those which Jesus used and proved to be effective. This lesson focuses on general methods which accompanied the teaching of Jesus. The following chapter concerns specific methods of verbal instruction.


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Chapter 6

Pages 73-91

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Briefly summarize how Jesus used the following teaching methods:
 Known To Unknown
 General To Specific
 Object Lessons
 Questions And Answers
 Parables
 Case Histories
 Use Of Scripture
 Contrasts
 Problems
 Occasions

And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? (Matthew 13:54)

Most of the teaching of Jesus was verbal. There is only one record of Him writing His message
(John 8:6). This chapter focuses on specific methods of verbal instruction used by Jesus.

Jesus used the known to teach the unknown. He used the old to introduce the new. He started with truths people knew and understood, then built on them to teach truths they did not know. For example, Jesus would often state a truth from Old Testament law, then reveal a new truth. (See Matthew 5:17-48).

Teaching must result in understanding. Revealing new truths by building on what is already known by the listener is an excellent way to achieve this goal. It is important that people understand with their minds the message because... For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he... (Proverbs 23:7).

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Chapter 7

Pages 92-98


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define "teaching aids".
 Explain what audio-visual aids are.
 Explain the importance of audio-visual aids.
 Create audio-visual aids.
 Evaluate teaching aids.

And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when He had taken him in His arms, He said unto them. Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me. (Mark 9:36-37)

In this lesson you will learn about various aids which can be used when you teach. You may not have access to all of the teaching aids discussed in this chapter because of your geographic location or financial situation. Because Harvestime International Institute courses are used in many places, this chapter is included for those who do have access to such materials. We have also included suggestions for teaching aids you can use without cost or special equipment.

A teaching aid is something that helps you teach a lesson. This is why it is called an "aid". A teaching aid may be an activity or project which helps students understand a certain Biblical truth. A teaching aid may also be an object which can be seen, heard, or touched. Such an object is called an "audio-visual aid". The word "audio" refers to hearing. The word "visual" refers to seeing. An "audio-visual aid" is something that can be seen, heard, or touched and which aids in learning. Sometimes the aid is totally audio, such as a cassette recording or a record.

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Chapter 8

Pages 99- 115


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define "audience analysis".
 Explain the importance of audience analysis.
 Summarize steps for audience analysis.
 Summarize characteristics of various age groups.

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because He knew all men. And needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)

Before you begin to teach it is important to analyze your audience, set objectives, and plan the lesson. This lesson explains how to analyze the audience. The following two chapters concern setting objectives and lesson planning.

The "audience" is the group of people you will teach. To "analyze" something is to study it in detail, to carefully examine its characteristics, to study the parts of a whole. To analyze an audience means to carefully study the characteristics of a group of people you plan to teach.

Analyzing an audience is important because learning is affected by many factors which include language, education, culture, physical abilities, spiritual maturity, sex, marital status, social and economic level, personal needs, and age.

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Chapter 9

Pages 116-124

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define the word "objective".
 Explain the importance of objectives in teaching.
 Write objectives.
 Use a checklist to evaluate objectives.
 Explain the difference between general and specific objectives.
 Identify the final goal of Biblical teaching.

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom: that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 1:28).

You have learned that true spiritual growth is not measured by what a student hears, but by what he does about what he hears. In this chapter you will learn how to state objectives which will help you determine if students have really understood and are acting upon what they have learned.

An objective is an aim or end of an action. It is a point, goal, or desired outcome to be achieved. When a teacher states objectives, he writes statements of goals for his students. These are stated in terms which describe what the students will be able to do after completing the lesson. The lesson you are currently studying has objectives. Go back to the beginning of the lesson and review these objectives.

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Chapter 10

Pages 125-137

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Identify factors common to every teaching situation.
 Identify parts of a basic teaching plan.
 Summarize steps for planning a lesson.
 Plan a lesson.

A wise teacher makes learning a joy. (Proverbs 15:2, TLB)

You have studied the message Jesus taught. You have learned teaching methods, how to use teaching aids, audience analysis, and how to state objectives. You will use all these skills in this chapter as you plan a lesson.

When you plan a lesson, remember that every teaching situation involves the following common factors:

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the divine spiritual agents behind Biblical teaching. The Holy Spirit is the power which enables the teacher to teach and opens the understanding of the student. (Review Chapter Two).

The teacher is the one who knows the truth to be taught: And He began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
(Review Chapters One and Two, "A Teacher Come From God").

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Chapter 11

Pages 138-144

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define "evaluation".
 Explain why it is important to evaluate teaching.
 List four methods of evaluating Biblical teaching.
 Identify reasons for problems in the teacher/learner situation.
 Recognize problems as opportunities instead of obstacles.

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:10)

You have learned how to set objectives, plan, and teach a Biblical lesson using various methods. But how do you know if your teaching is effective? How do you know if spiritual objectives are met and the lives of those you teach experience help and change? The answer to these questions is found in evaluation.

Evaluation is the process of carefully examining something. When you evaluate your teaching you carefully examine results to see if your ministry is effective. It is important that you evaluate your teaching if you are to improve the gift God has given you. Paul said you are to develop your judgment... That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:10)


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Chapter 12

Pages 145-152

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define "Biblical curriculum".
 Explain the value of Biblical curriculum.
 Select appropriate curriculum.
 Develop your own Biblical curriculum.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

The Bible is the basis for all instruction in the church. But Christian writers have developed some excellent materials that can assist in organizing training for one group or several groups of students. This lesson concerns the selection of Biblical curriculum.

The word "curriculum" refers to an organized course of study. It can refer to one course or all the courses used in a school. "Biblical curriculum" is an organized course of study of Biblical subject matter.

Biblical curriculum is a valuable tool in Christian teaching. Here are some reasons:
-It provides more research and background material than you may have access to or have time to prepare.
-It provides written lessons and activities for students.

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Chapter 13

Pages 153-157

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Identify illiterate students.
 Summarize guidelines for teaching illiterate students.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Some teachers face the challenge of teaching illiterate students. An illiterate student is one who does not read or write his language. If you plan to teach illiterate students, you need to study this lesson. If you do not plan to teach illiterate students, you may skip this lesson and go on to Chapter Fourteen.

A person does not have to know how to read and write in order to learn. For example, languageis a difficult skill to acquire, yet children learn to speak their native language without knowing how to read and write. It is possible to teach illiterate students the truths of God's Word even though they cannot read it for themselves.
One of God's first commands to pass on His Word was to do it verbally:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Jesus taught without using written material. He never handed out written lessons or had His students read passages from the Bible.

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Chapter 14

Pages  158-167

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Identify two basic needs for teacher training.
 Summarize steps for planning a teacher training program.
 Explain how to recruit students for a teacher training program.
 Summarize guidelines for conducting teacher training sessions.
 Summarize guidelines for placing trained teachers in the church.
 List ways a teacher may be evaluated.

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. (John 17:8)

Jesus trained the disciples and upon conclusion of the training said... For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest Me... (John 17:8)

The Biblical plan of spiritual multiplication is teaching faithful men who are able to teach others also (II Timothy 2:2). If you are to fulfill this plan, you must constantly be training teachers. This lesson concerns the subject of teacher training. In this chapter, two basic needs for teacher training are discussed and practical steps are given for planning a training program. Guidelines are also given on how to recruit students for the training, how to conduct the sessions, and for placing trained teachers in the church.

There are two basic needs for teacher training in the church; pre-service and in-service training.


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Chapter 15

Pages 168- 175


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Define preaching.
 Identify subjects upon which Biblical preaching should focus.
 Explain the importance of demonstrating God's power when preaching the Word.
 Identify six Biblical warnings regarding preaching.

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)

This chapter introduces the subject of Biblical preaching. It defines preaching, identifies the subjects of Biblical preaching, explains the importance of the demonstration of God's power when preaching, and identifies Biblical warnings regarding preaching. In the next chapter you will learn how to plan a Biblical sermon.

You learned the definition of "teaching" in Chapter One of this course: Teaching is the act of instructing others. It includes showing, demonstrating, informing, imparting knowledge, training, and guiding the studies of another.
Here is the definition of "preaching": Preaching is the act of delivering a discourse [a sermon or systematic examination of a subject] which instructs others in a formal manner. Preaching and teaching are similar, in that they both communicate the truths of God's Word to others. You will learn in the next chapter that preparing a sermon is similar to preparing a lesson to teach. But preaching and teaching usually differ in the methods of instruction used and the style of delivery.

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Chapter 16

Pages 176-192

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
 Summarize basic steps for planning a sermon.
 Define topical preaching.
 Define textual preaching.
 Define expository preaching.
 Plan a sermon to preach.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Timothy 4:2)

In this lesson you will learn how to preach a Biblical sermon. You will learn basic principles of preaching by studying some of the sermons in the Bible and some of the most effective sermons of great preachers throughout church history. You will discover that preaching and teaching are similar in many ways but differ in methods of presentation and style of delivery.

Preaching and teaching usually differ in the following ways:

Methods which call for audience participation are not commonly used in preaching. For example, there is usually no discussion or question and answer period when you preach. The reason is that preaching usually involves a larger audience. Because of this, the method of presentation is more formal.


**You are welcome to do the self-tests (open book questions) and review your answers on page 194.**

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Course Completion

Please be advised, to earn the certificate below, all 3 courses must be completed.  Certificates are NOT issued to single courses. 

Certificate: Biblical Teaching Strategies
Teaching Tactics
Knowing God's Voice
Ministry of The Holy Spirit

Please advise that this course form is only for students working on the certificate program listed above.  It requires all 3 courses to be completed to earn a certificate of completion.   

 Download attached form and submit your answers via school page link below


or via email at training@swordofthespiritbibletraining.org

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Final Exam
Final Exam - Teaching Tactics BS-215

 Please note that only students of the Diploma of Biblical Theology, Biblical Counseling & Crisis Care and Biblical Studies programs are permitted to take the final exam for this course.  It is NOT required for individuals who are enrolling in this course for their own personal enrichment or in the certificate of Biblical Teaching Strategies course. 

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Final Exam Questionnaire

Download  exam form and submit your answers via school page link below:


or via email atraining@swordofthespiritbibletraining.org 


 Please allow 3-5 business days from submission for exam to be reviewed and graded.  

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About the course

 Teaching Tactics  BS-215

This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel.  Students are taught how to prepare and present lessons and how to teach and preach the Gospel.


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Daniel A.

Course (s)Taught: Christian Discipleship, Biblical Studies, Teaching Tactics, Spiritual Warfare...

 International Ministry Director for Sword of The Spirit Bible Institute for Africa.  He is also the coordinator and senior instructor for our discipleship program offered in person and virtually. Pastor Daniel has been with SOTS since its inception and has been a valuable part of the team.   He has served as Pastor of his local assembly in Ibadan, Nigeria for several years and have trained in discipleship courses, theology and biblical studies courses. He is also highly experienced in Spiritual Warfare & Strategies.  He is a trained photographer and videographer and also has a background in Insurance sales and security management. 

Pst. Daniel can be reached @

Email : affiliates@swordofthespiritbibletraining.org 

Emmanuel K.

Course(s) Taught: Biblical Theology, Biblical Principles for Effective Ministry Leadership,...

 Regional Training Director for Zambia and also an instructor/trainer of Sword of The Spirit Bible Institute (SOTS).  He has served as Pastor of Mountain of Peace ministries in Lusaka, Zambia for several years and has been a valuable member of the SOTS team.  Apostle Dr. Emmanuel has a Doctoral degree in Thelogy  with also a wealth of training in several ministry courses to include Foundations of Faith, Biblical Theology, Evangelism and Church planting strategies, Jail & Prison Ministry training, Christian Counseling and Effective Ministry Leadership.

Margaret O.

Course(s) Taught: Biblical Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Life Coaching, Christian...

 Dr Margaret is the president & founder of Sword of The Spirit Bible Institute. She possesses a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies and a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Masters University of Divinity, Indiana. In addition,  Dr. Margaret has obtained professional certifications in healthcare and advanced ministry training in Biblical Counseling, Coaching, Christian Ethics, Marriage & Family Counseling, Addiction & Recovery Counseling, Benefits of Godly Wisdom, Practicing Self Care, Systematic Theology, Biblical Mentoring from several Christ-Centered training programs and organizations to include the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the International Institute of Faith Based Counseling. 


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