Helping Others for the Purpose of Eternity

   training courses

Biblical intensive discipleship—also known as soul care, biblical counseling, etc.—is Christ's vision for the Church. Therefore, 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. The training courses have been vetted by and can lead to fulfilling the requirements of IABC (International Assoc. of Biblical Counselors).


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

      (Biblically Discipling During Treatment)

  • Internship 101

  • Relationships: Marriage, Parenting, Divorce

​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 2022 course

Freedom from Guilt & Shame*

 A  6 Week Course

Plenty of books are floating around on guilt and shame, but there’s one really Good Book with a lot to say!

  • What exactly does Scripture tell us about our emotions?

  • How does God define guilt, and how can we be free of crushing shame?

  • What about forgiving others? Come and learn how to be an overcomer and how to help others as well.


~ Thursdays, Sept. 15- Oct. 20, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

   (plus optional Exam Prep on Oct. 27)

   Feel free to bring your lunch!



  Grace Community Church Conference Room,**

  5711 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027


  ~ Virginia Stewart, PhD in Biblical Counseling, ACBC, IABC Certified

  ~ Jan Shaffer, ACBC and IABC Certified

  ~ Holly Tims, ACBC and IABC Certified

  ~ Pastor Steve Viars and others via video

  Donations $40 (scholarships 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.

  ** Email for directions.

"Your testimonies are my delight;

they are my counselors.

(Psalm 119:24)