Pastors and church leaders regularly interact with individuals who experience mental health-related distress in a Christian ministry context. For that reason, we offer a unique, Lay Counseling Certificate designed specifically for those who would like to be better equipped to work with individuals and groups in their ministries without pursuing a professional counseling license at this time. This hybrid certificate program features an on-campus workshop and online coursework.

Ways to study

On-campus | Online

Required credits


Tuition and Fees

$360/credit | $130/Audit credit

Application deadlines


You’ll learn from professional, Christian counselors whose experience in ministry offers insight into psychological knowledge and skills useful within those contexts. From this program, you will be equipped to handle the challenges of ministry and will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of different mental illnesses and traumas they might encounter
  • Interact with and triage people who are struggling with mental illness
  • Understand how and when to refer for a higher level of care

View Course Layout    FAQs