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Scripture in Counseling Continuing Education course begins


September 8, 2020
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Concordia Seminary is partnering with Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (CUW) to offer this online Scripture in Counseling course for pastoral continuing education. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Marrs, associate professor of Practical Theology and director of the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Residential Alternate Route (RAR) Programs at Concordia Seminary, and Dr. Daniel Paavola, professor of theology at CUW.


Course format

This course features six modules over six weeks, with video lectures, optional readings, recommended assignments and peer discussion activities to enhance the learning experience. The first module includes a live video conference with students and the instructors; this session will be recorded so students can view it later if they are unable to attend. The next four modules each use 45–60 minutes of prerecorded videos that are divided into digestible segments. The final module includes a live wrap-up video conference that will be recorded.

The course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning it can be completed at any time after the Sept. 8 launch date. The course is especially appropriate for ordained pastors, commissioned church workers and lay leaders. Pastors can earn six Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

Course topics

Scriptural counseling: During this module, students consider the value of social-science research and best practices through the lens of faithfulness to Scripture. Students have an opportunity to practice empathetic listening skills and to reflect on the experience.

Counseling through trauma and tragedy: What do you say to a person whose world is falling apart after the loss of a spouse or child? How do you help when there is a tragedy that affects an entire community? During this module, students learn best practices and strategies for helping individuals and families through intense times of illness, grief and sudden loss.

Counseling a fellow shepherd: Ministry can be a lonely place where pastors feel like there is no one they can talk to. How do pastors help one another? During this module, students learn ways to speak Scripture into the lives of fellow pastors and to encourage those who are feeling burned out, overwhelmed or alone.


To register, click the “Register” button below; this will take you to an application form on the CUW website. On the form, under the question “I am interested in ______,” choose “CUW/CSL Pastor Professional Development” from the dropdown menu.

Registration deadline: Aug. 31, 2020

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