Announcing the Hope Center’s
2020 Foundations in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Course.


In 2020 the Hope Center will once again be offering its Foundations in Biblical Counseling & Discipleship course in a weekend format.  The course will be offered over 4 weekends (schedule below) on a Friday night and Saturday.  


The Hope Center’s training course satisfies the basic training course requirements toward certification by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).


In addition, we will be offering an Advanced Track: Building on the Foundations. It will be offered on the  February and March weekends (only.)


We ask that the Foundations track or comparable ACBC Training course be taken prior to the Advanced Track. 


More information about the training is below.





2020 Counseling Discipleship Training Schedule

January 10-11


February 07-08

March 06-07

April 03-04

Location: Christian Family Chapel

Time: Friday 6-9:30pm & Saturday 8am-5:00pm


Our goal is to glorify God by equipping lay men and women and church and pastoral staff to better serve those hurting and in need in the church body.


It is a reality that many in our families, churches, work places and communities regularly experience trials and hardships in life.  As Christ-followers we are all called to help by bearing one another’s burdens, by admonishing the unruly, encouraging the fainthearted, and helping the weak, while being patient with all (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thess. 5:14).  However, it is also a reality that many in the church believe they are not equipped to carry out these God given responsibilities.


Therefore, the Hope Center annually offers a Fundamentals Class in Biblical counseling and discipleship.  This course is taught by CFC’s Biblical Counselors and Pastoral staff. Completion of the course will satisfy Basic Training Course requirement of the Association of Certification Biblical Counselors’ (ACBC) certification process.  For more information on ACBC certification, please visit the ACBC website at


  • Anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and how to lovingly and competently apply its truths to the issues of life.
  • Those who want to pursue one on one counseling as a ministry.
  • Those who want to sharpen their ministry skills: counselors, teachers, parents, pastors, elders, deacons, youth leaders…any growing Christian.


Biblical Roles of Husbands and Wives

Biblical Response to Transgenderism                 

Idols of the Heart       

Counseling those with Physical Illness

Helping those who are depressed

Trials and Sufferings



Communication and Conflict

Helping those in Habitual Sin

Mental Illness Fear and Worry

God’s purpose in Marriage

Helping Blended Families






Guilt and Repentance



It is expected that students will attend class sessions in their entirety. In the event a conflict prohibits attendance for a scheduled session, then a video of the session will be available online in order to make up the session.  Enrollment is limited so we encourage you to sign up quickly to reserve your spot.  Only registered students will be permitted to attend the sessions.  Childcare will NOT be available for this class.


IAT CFC, we know it can be difficult and expensive to send your people to biblical counseling training conferences. That is why the Hope Center offers it Counseling & Discipleship Training course in cities outside of Jacksonville. The most common format for such training is a series of weekends over a four (4) month period (one weekend a month for four (4) consecutive months.) The Hope Center's Regional Training satisfies the Basic Training Course requirement of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors' certification process. If you are interested in partnering with us to host a regional conference in your city or your church, please contact