Helping Others for the Purpose of Eternity

   training courses

Because intensive discipleship is a vision for the church, we’ve created an in-depth educational program that provides faith-based equipping and training for life and ministry contexts.

​​This training is open to all individuals throughout the region, including pastors, laypersons, and church leaders. This training can lead to fulfilling the requirements of the Intl. Assoc. of Biblical Counselors.

Other Classes Offered by HOPE

  • Foundations of Biblical Discipleship

  • The Calling of All Christians

  • Life-Giving Marriage

  • Theology of Biblical Discipleship

  • Life Issues

  • Guilt, Shame and Forgiveness

  • Exam Prep for IABC or ACBC exams

  • Medical Issues & Psychological Diagnoses-:

      (How to Disciple Biblically During Their Treatment)

  • Internship 101

  • Practicum 101

  • Relationships: Marriage, Parenting, Divrorce

These CORE courses are hosted by HOPE Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee.

As Dr. David Powlison taught, we seek to "restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the church by thinking biblically about the issues of living."

FALL 2021 course

Systematic Theology

of biblical discipleship*

                       An 8-Week Course

Want to know the theological foundations for addressing life’s problems biblically? Join us as pastors and leaders cover the “biggies” in just 8 weeks.

Topics include:
•    The Bible – Bibliology
•    God – Theology Proper
•    Man – Anthropology
•    Christ – Christology
•    The Holy Spirit – Pneumatology
•    Salvation – Soteriology     
•    The Church – Ecclesiology

•   Wed. evenings, Sept. 15 – Nov. 3, 2021
     6:30-8:30 p.m.
•   Thurs. afternoons, Sept. 16 – Nov. 4, 2021
     12:00-2:00 p.m.

Where: Christ Presbyterian Church, Window Room**

              2323 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215

Teachers: pastors, elders, and biblical counselors:

  • LeeEric Fesko, Director of Discipleship

  • Buz Graham, Ruling Elder, Chaplain

  • Steve Hoppe, M.S., M.A., M.Div., Crosstown Counseling, LLC, Executive Director

  • Kathy Koon, MA in Biblical Counseling, RHCC Counseling Director, ACBC Certified

  • Luke Paiva, MS, Instructor of Bible, Christ Presbyterian Academy

  • Jan Shaffer, ACBC and IABC Certified

  • Rob Tims, MDiv, EdD, Pastor, Certified Church Consultant

  • Pastor Todd Teller, Associate Pastor

Donations: $45 (Scholarships are available)

Click here to register

*This CORE course, hosted by HOPE Ministries, is vetted by and fulfills one portion of the requirements of the International Association of Biblical Counseling (IABC). This course will help those writing the ACBC Theology exams. This course is not for state licensure.

**Directions to the Window Room: Turn into the church at the intersection of Chickering Rd. and Old Hickory Blvd. Turn right into the first parking lot. Enter through the church’s main entrance (with the overhang) and continue through the café, bearing left into the main hall. The Window room is on your immediate right.

WINTer 2022 course


practical discipleship

                       An 8-Week Course

Come join us for “Elements of Practical Discipleship" as we learn how to fulfill our calling! This course walks lay people, counselors, and all who would like to learn more about the “how”—through the various elements involved in the discipleship process.


Paul said, “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to counsel/instruct one another” (Romans 15:14)..


  ~ What is Discipleship/Biblical Counseling?

  ~ Who Me? Am I Qualified? Roles + Qualifications

  ~ Tough Obstacles! Isolating the Problem

  ~ What About the Heart?

 ~  Building Bridges, Building Involvement

 ~  Getting to Know You! Gathering Information

  ~ Where Do We Go from Here?

      Determining Direction and Biblical Change

If time:

  ~ Presuppositions and Content

  ~ A Review of Concepts

  ~ May I Share This with You? Instruction and/or “Instruction and/or “Care-frontation”

When: January 20-March 16, 2022
             Thurs. afternoons, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

             (no longer Wed. evenings)

Where: to be determined

Donations: $50 when you arrive at the first class--cash, Zelle, or checks are preferred. (Scholarships are available.)

Click here to register: Please provide your name, address, email, and mobile number. (Wed. evenings are no longer available.)
*This CORE course is vetted by and fulfills one portion of the requirements of the International Association of Biblical Counseling (IABC). This course will help those writing the ACBC exams. This course is not for state licensure.