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Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) 

One of the main things we do at TAC is commission those who are called by God to biblically counsel people struggling with addiction.

This process is more than just taking some training courses. While sound theology is the foundation, our 100% virtual commissioning process is relational and practical: preparing you for real ministry to those enslaved to addiction.

This process has 7 Stages, and you can begin working on the Pre-Requisites (Stage 1) today, without any commitment! 

Ready to get started?!

Overview of Commissioning Process

Step 1: Pre-Requisite Training

Do this first: Fundamentals of Addictions Biblical Counselor Training (15 Lessons).

Read 4 Books:

  • The Heart of Addiction by Shaw
  • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Welch
  • Gospel Treason by Bigney
  • The Useful Lie by Playfair and Bryson.

Start working on these TODAY!

Step 2: Application Process – Online & Written

Step 3: Interview Fee & Scheduling Appointment

Pay $50 HERE for your interview fee and in the comment/message box, tell us a day of the week and/or time slot that typically works for you. This will be a phone interview with one of our staff.

You’ll receive an email from us confirming your appointment.

(This will reduce your Commissioning balance to $585 instead of $635)

Step 4: Complete Supplemental Work Assigned

Complete any supplemental training as assigned by your interviewer. This may be reading additional books or completing other assignments which enhance your theology and counseling understanding and skills.

Step 5: Connect with Assigned Commissioning Team

Meet virtually with a two-person Disciple-Making Team for a relational dialogue as you work through the 40 Questions: DOWNLOAD 40 QUESTIONS HERE.

The expectation is that the applicant would complete 5 questions per week over an 8-week time period. However, the applicant is free to complete at his/her own pace.

Step 6: Prepare & Complete Final Evaluation – Case Study

Complete Final Evaluation with a new set of Commissioners during a one-time meeting (typically takes 1-2 hours). This includes 10 questions and a case study. Please email [email protected] to request access to this document. 

Step 7: Pay for Commissioning & Congratulations

The total cost is $635.

Once paid, you are now a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC). You will be recognized and received your certificate of commissioning at The Addiction Connection Leadership Summit or it will be mailed to you.

Additionally, your name will be listed alongside other Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors.

 

Online Application for Commissioning

This is Part A of your application. Part B can be found at the end of this application.

If you haven’t yet completed the Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling, you can register for the online course HERE.

Then fill out the online application below. 

    Check the degrees of Bible Education you've attained
    AssociateBachelorMasterDoctorOther

    Required Reading- Check off completed ones
    Heart of Addiction - Mark ShawAddictions: A Banquet in the Grave - Edward WelchGospel Treason - Brad BigneyThe Useful Lie - Wm. Playfair & Geo. Bryson

    Now that you have completed the online portion of the application, download the written portion HERE, then after completion, email it to [email protected]

    You may pay for commissioning in partial or full amounts. Find out more below: 

    Commissioning Payments

    Feel free to email us with any questions about commissioning, training, or however else we may be of assistance to you.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does Commissioning take?

    You can expect the entire process, not including prerequisite or supplemental training, to take 3-to-4 months. Time for completion depends primarily on you.

    How much does it cost?

    $635, not including the separate cost of Fundamentals ($97).

    Note that $50 (of the $635) is due before the interview process. The rest can be paid by installments sometime before the completion of your Final Evaluation.

    Do I have to pay right away?

    No, with the exception of the $50 interview fee.

    You may pay by installments (or all at once) HERE

    Keep in mind that once the $50 interview fee is submitted, the total cost of the process is reduced to $585 instead of $635. 

    I’m ACBC, IABC, or have similar credentials. Will that help me in Commissioning?

    Yes! We individualize the Commissioning Process for those who have completed prior training or have extensive experience in biblical addiction counseling.

    To get started, please fill out Application A (the online form) found on this page. Let us know somewhere in the application that you’d like the “Individualized Track.”

    After you do this, our team will curate a special Commissioning process for you.

    Does it help me get a job at a church?

    We cannot make any guarantees. This process demonstrates your seriousness and willingness to learn. This training equips you with the necessary skills to counsel an addict using the Bible while relying upon Holy Spirit.

    Is Commissioning a certification?

    You will receive a very nice certificate upon completion of CABC; however, we call this process commissioning for two reasons. First, we want to avoid confusion with any official secular and governmental designations that use the word certification. Second, we want to be thoroughly biblical and believe that the term commissioning better embodies what we do.

    As a small part of the Body of Christ, The Addiction Connection does not believe that we have the absolute authority to entrust a ministry charge or illicit a commitment to ministry. Rather, we believe these are functions of our Lord Jesus. When we commission someone as an addictions Biblical counselor, we are simply agreeing with Christ’s call and work in his or her life. Christ entrusts us as His people to carry on His work until He returns.

    If you just break the word down, you get co-missioning, as in we are on mission together. That is exactly what we are to be about. Jesus has commissioned us to be about His mission together—making disciples of all people, including those who have been enslaved by addictive behavior. Being a commissioned counselor with the Addiction Connection means being a part of a disciple-making team, so you will never be alone in the work!

    I want to commission my whole staff. How will this work?

    We love this idea.

    Keep in mind that Commissioning is an individualized and personalized process, meaning each person will:

    1. Submit his/her own applications
    2. Complete all pre-requisites independently 
    3. Learn at his/her own pace
    4. Progress through the stages independently of one another
    5. Display interest and ownership of his/her own CABC process

    For this idea to be successful, we would recommend that you first complete the Commissioning Process yourself. After your completion, we can discuss options to help your whole staff (or group) be Commissioned.

    Is there a discount for married couples or groups?

    We do not offer any group discounts at this time. However, email us about your specific situation and we will get back with you with advice on how to proceed. 

    Where do I direct any questions or concerns during the process?

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