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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.
When you sign up, we will review your application, and get back to you about what to do next (plus scheduling a phone interview with you).
The steps that follow include us connecting you with 2 people from our team of CABC Counselors to help disciple and teach you how to use the Bible in counseling, all while talking through a list of questions as a part of the growth and learning phase.
When this is complete, you will conclude your training with an oral exam containing a case study.
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.
The Latin origin of commissioning comes from the ideas of entrusting and commitment.
One Old Testament passage that utilizes the word commissioning is found in the book of Numbers:
“Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight.You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey…. …And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation,and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses. – Numbers 27:19-20, 22-23 (ESV)
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!
Here is a step by step overview of the commissioning process:
Step 1: Complete Prerequisite Fundamentals of Addictions Biblical Counselor Training (15 Lessons). You may attend a live course or this online version. NOTE: this prerequisite is NOT included in the commissioning fees. Additionally, we would like for you to read 4 books: The Heart of Addiction by Shaw, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Welch, Gospel Treason by Bigney, and The Useful Lie by Playfair and Bryson.
Step 3: Interview with a TAC-designated staff or CABC. To schedule this informal interview, you may email [email protected].
Step 4: Complete any supplemental training as assigned by reviewers. This may be reading additional books or completing other assignments which enhance your theology and counseling understanding and skills.
Step 5: Meet with a two-person Disciple-Making Team for a relational dialogue as you work through 40 Questions. The expectation is that the applicant would complete 5 questions per week over an 8 week time period.
Step 6: Final Evaluation with a new set of Commissioners during a one-time meeting (Typically takes 1 hour). This includes 10 questions and 2 case studies.
Step 7: You are now a 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.
You can expect the entire process, not including prerequisite or supplemental training, to take 3-to-4 months.
We strive to make the commissioning process an affordable, attainable program. You may pay in a lump sum or in several payments.
Online Application – No Cost
Written Question Application – No Cost
Interview – $50.00
Disciple-Making Oral/Written Exam – $425.00
Final Evaluation – $125.00
1st year Membership – $35.00
Total Commissioning Costs – $635.00
Apply for the Commissioning Process
If you are ready to get started, follow the application process below.
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. 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.