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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
Select One (1) Online Course to Complete:
- Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling Training (15 Audio Lessons)
- ACBC Addictions Counseling Training (22 Video Lessons)
Read the Following 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.
(Optional) Helpful Reading Materials:
- Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart by Mark Shaw
- Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Mark Shaw
- Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Love by Nicolas Ellen
- The Chemical Imbalance Delusion by Daniel Berger II
Step 2: Application Process – Online & Written
- Application A: Submit the online application found on this page.
- Application B: Download this document CABC Commissioning Written Questions, fill in your answers, and email it to [email protected].
Step 3: Scheduling Phone Interview
Email [email protected] to schedule a phone interview with a member of our leadership.
Step 4: Complete Supplemental Work Assigned
Complete any supplemental training as assigned by your interviewer. This may include reading additional books or completing other assignments to enhance your theology, counseling understanding, or 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.
Usually, an applicant can complete 5 questions per week over an 8-week time period. However, this process will look different for each Commissioning Team.
For more information see “How Long Does Commissioning Take?” in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Step 6: Prepare & Complete Final Evaluation – Case Study
Prepare for and complete a Final Evaluation Case Study 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 the most updated version of this document.
Step 7: Pay for Commissioning & Congratulations
Individual Commissioning Cost: $635.00
Married Couple Discount: please email us to request this discount.
|Application A (online)||No Cost|
|Application B (download, type answers, and email to us)||No Cost|
|Required Books to Read||Candidate’s responsibility|
|Disciple-Making Written/Oral Exam (process) with Commissioning Team||$425.00|
|1st Year Membership||$35.00|
|TOTAL COMMISSIONING COSTS||$635.00|
Once fully 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.
Online Application for Commissioning
This is Part A of your application. Part B can be found at the end of this application and should be typed and emailed to us separately.
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.
You may pay for commissioning in partial or full amounts, at any time throughout the process.
Find out more below:
Feel free to email us with any questions about commissioning, training, or however else we may be of assistance to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages or benefits to being Commissioned through TAC?
One of the wonderful perks of being part of the TAC family is that you have a host of godly men and women with varied experiences in dealing with addiction issues that you can ask questions of and seek help from.
Once you receive your CABC with us, you will be added to TAC’s Facebook page: TAC Team. This is a great way to pose questions and get help.
Also, we hold annual TAC Leadership Summits, as well as national, international, and regional trainings. Watch our website and social media for information as it is available. If it is at all possible, we recommend you attend the Summits and any trainings your schedule allows. You will meet TAC folks face-to-face, in addition to being encouraged and equipped to minister more effectively.
Furthermore, as a CABC, you’ll have the opportunity to disciple others if you choose to become a volunteer Commissioner with us. This is a great way to make lifelong connections in our small community of addictions biblical counselors while growing in your walk with Christ.
How long does Commissioning take?
You can expect the entire process, not including prerequisite or supplemental training, to take around 3-to-4 months. Time for completion depends primarily on you.
The process may also take longer because this isn’t just about the commissioning candidate answering questions. It is about walking alongside the candidate to ensure he or she understands not only what biblical addiction counseling is, but how to help those struggling with addiction to apply the Word to their addiction and their lives in general. At times, when a commissioning candidate is weak on a particular issue, the disciple-making team may assign additional homework on a specific subject and teach on that subject. For instance, if someone doesn’t really have a firm understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in biblical addiction counseling, the disciple-making team will assign reading and assignments and teach on the work of the Holy Spirit.
How much does it cost?
$635.00, NOT including the separate cost of the online course Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling ($97.00).
The interview fee ($50.00 of the $635.00) is due before the interview process. The rest ($585.00) 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.
Is there a deadline to finish once I've started?
There is no deadline for completion. The process will have inevitable breaks, and this is to be expected. 3-4 months is an estimation based on meeting weekly and covering 5-6 questions (from the 40 Questions) per week.
The process may also take longer because this isn’t just about the Commissioning Candidate answering questions. It is about walking alongside the candidate to ensure he or she understands not only what biblical addiction counseling is, but how to help those struggling with addiction to apply the Word to their addiction and their lives in general.
At times, when a commissioning candidate is weak on a particular issue, the disciple-making team may assign additional homework on a specific subject and teach on that subject. For instance, if someone doesn’t really have a firm understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in biblical addiction counseling, the disciple-making team will assign reading and assignments and teach on the work of the Holy Spirit.
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?
No, but 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:
- Submit his/her own applications
- Complete all pre-requisites independently
- Learn at his/her own pace
- Progress through the stages independently of one another
- 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?
Email [email protected] to request discounts
Where do I direct any questions or concerns during the process?
Email [email protected]
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