Redemption Groups are a group process of biblical counseling. Biblical Counseling Foundations presents a way of viewing people, their various troubles, and Christ-centered ministry that promotes personal growth, healing, and change—applicable to personal ministry both in group and individual settings.
The course instructor is Mike Wilkerson, founder of Redemption Group Network and author of Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry which Redemption Groups use for their curriculum. (Assignments may be graded by a trained Recitation Instructor).
The learning level is geared toward laypeople in local churches, but is also challenging enough to stimulate new learning in those who may have graduate degrees in theology, counseling or psychology.
Course Length and Time Requirement
- About sixty (60) minutes of audio instruction per module with visual aids (slides).
- About three to five (3–5) hours per module of supporting lessons: audio, video, articles—plus comprehension quizzes.
- Modules are made available one per week for eight weeks from your start date to help you pace your work. You’ll have access to the course for a total of six months in which to complete it.
Additional Course Materials Required
Some of the course lessons require you to purchase copies of downloadable audio or reading materials, such as lectures from the CCEF online store. Estimated total additional cost: $10.
- The Need
How does the Holy Spirit prepare any of us to be helpful to one another in times of need?
- Models of Care
How does biblical counseling address people’s need for help amidst trouble? What place does biblical counseling have among the various models of Christian care, counseling or psychology?
- The Heart
Attending to the thoughts, feelings, and motives of the heart, and how a person relates to God and others.
- The Heart’s Contexts
While our Christ-centered ministry is focused on the hearts of responsible persons, those hearts live within shaping contexts of physical embodiment, society and family, spiritual warfare, and always before the face of God.
- Trouble as Suffering
We face trouble both as sin and suffering, often as complex interplays of both. Here, we’ll focus on suffering.
- Trouble as Sin
We face trouble both as sin and suffering, often as complex interplays of both. Here, we’ll focus on sin.
- Encountering Christ Amidst Trouble
We experience transformation when we encounter Christ through his Word and Spirit in the midst of our troubles.
Growing in Christlikeness, even in the midst of ongoing trouble, is nothing short of a miracle—it’s new creation.