The ABC1 credential is awarded to those who have completed all the training requirements of Level 1 certification in such a manner that is satisfactory to the standards set forth by ABC.
- Develop a biblical philosophy of the Christian life that includes active involvement in a community of believers.
- Develop a biblical philosophy of counseling that emphasizes the call of all believers to take part in the work of counseling and discipleship.
- Understand the basic meaning of biblical counseling.
- Acquire a basic understanding of the general and specific methods of biblical counseling.
- Cover various counseling related issues that include
Develop a genuine love for others, and an active, daily prayer life. depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality.
The ABC2 credential is granted when individuals complete the requirements of Level 2 certification. This phase of certification is highly experiential and requires a minimum number of face-to‐face counseling hours and oversight by an approved ABC Training Leader. Counselors-In-Training (CIT) will need to find an approved Training Leader who can actively observe their counseling ministry with others as well as model biblical counseling ministry.
- Develop basic practical skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These basic skills include careful listening, helping people open up, conveying compassion, grace, and mercy, and guiding constructive ministry conversations.
- Develop more advanced skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These more advanced skills include responding patiently to difficult ministry conversations, discerning counseling problems from within a biblical worldview, helping people understand and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in daily life, and more.
- Grow in Christian maturity as a minister of the gospel. That is, learn to be humble, repentant, and dependent upon the Holy Spirit in heart and life while ministering to others.
- Broaden your general knowledge of Scripture as it relates to life and struggles while also broadening strategic and careful application of the Scripture to specific people and their situations.
- Learn how to depend on the Holy Spirit during the process of change.
ABC Level 3 Certification (ABC3) – SPECIALIZED
The ABC3 is where you will gain specialized training in a particular areas. This is coming in 2022.
ABC – Advanced Degree Certification
The ABC Advanced credential is granted when individuals complete the requirements of advanced training through other biblical counseling ministries. For example, receiving a Masters or Doctorate from an ABC approved seminary or Bible College would also be considered for ABC Advanced certification.
The ABC Advanced certification is designed to acknowledge advanced biblical training received by ABC certified counselors and maintain a healthy affiliation to other organizations doing excellent work in the area of biblical counseling.