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!
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Overview of Commissioning Process
Step 1: Pre-Requisites
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: Applications A & B
- Application A: Submit the online application found on this page.
- Application B: DOWNLOAD HERE, fill in your answers, and email it to [email protected].
Step 3: Interview
Email [email protected] to schedule a phone interview.
Step 4: Supplemental Work
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: Weekly Connection with Team
Meet virtually with a two-person Disciple-Making Team for a relational dialogue as you work through the 40 Questions: DOWNLOAD HERE.
As you’re waiting for this phase to begin, you can go ahead and begin working on your answers to these questions and look up Scripture references to support your answers. It’s never too early to work ahead on this! 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: 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.
Email [email protected] to request access.
Step 7: Submit Payment
- Individual Commissioning Cost: $635.00
- Married Couple Discount: please email us to request this discount.
Breakdown of Commissioning Fees: The following table does not include the separate cost of the online course that you choose to take: Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling ($97.00) or Addictions Counseling Specialization ($197).
|Application A (online)||No Cost|
|Application B (download, complete, 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|
Once fully paid, you are now a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC). You will be recognized and receive a certificate of completion at The Addiction Connection Leadership Summit or it will be mailed 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?
Do I have to pay right away?
No, you do not. However, we do ask that you submit at least one partial payment before advancement to the Final Evaluation stage of Commissioning.
You may pay by installments (or all at once) at this link.
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 more information about our married-couple discount or group rate.
Where do I direct any questions or concerns during the process?
Email [email protected]
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