Frequently Asked Questions
Christian Counseling Degrees FAQ's
- Is the training biblically sound?
- What are the benefits of a degree and/or counseling license?
- How long does it take to complete the program?
- Can I accept remuneration for counseling?
- Once credentialed by the N.C.C.A., will I qualify for professional malpractice/liability insurance?
- Do I have to be state licensed in order to counsel?
- Can I be licensed as a Christian (Faith-based) counselor without having a B.A. degree?
- Will I be trained to help those who are hurting?
Deliverance Ministry FAQ's
- What is "deliverance"?
- How do I know if I need deliverance ministry?
- Can a Christian be demon-possessed?
- Are demons responsible for everything wrong in our life?
- I've seen (or heard) of some strange deliverance ministry. What is your approach?
- What are some examples of demonic strongholds?
- Is deliverance ministry for today?
- Can a Christian have a demon?
- How is deliverance different from counseling?
- Can you do deliverance on someone who has not accepted Jesus?
- How do you respond to people who do not believe in deliverance?
For Pastors Only FAQs
- Can deliverance ministry be done effectively in a group environment?
- How do you feel about praying deliverance at the altar?
- Do you believe a Christian can be demon-possessed?
- Distinguish between demon "possession" and "oppression"?
- How do you define the term "deliverance"?
- How do you know if a person needs deliverance?
- How does deliverance relate to inner healing?
- How should I handle demonic manifestations in a church service?
- Why are you opposed to praying deliverance at the altar?
- Can deliverance be done effectively in a group environment?
Yes. The N.C.C.A. is totally devoted to the Lord and our training is all biblically-based
A degree and licensing opens many doors of opportunity. Many who enter the program already are involved with their church leadership in a Christian counseling ministry there and wish to better trained and credentialled. Others may wish to operate an independent ministry in affiliation with a number of area churches who are willing to commission their services. Still others, desire to open an independent counseling ministry in their community under the authority of a church ministry/ordination covering.
The honest answer is that it is basically up to the student! The courses are self-paced and we have seen motivated students complete the MA program in less than a year and PhD students do it in 15 months. The key is being disciplined and scheduling study time!
If you are an ordained, licensed or commissioned minister, you probably can accept remuneration for counseling since most states exempt clergy from having to be state licensed. However, you need to check your state’s statutes. The N.C.C.A.’s license is national, not state and, like ordination, it is a “Sacred” office.
Lockton has reviewed the N.C.C.A.’s requirements and credentialing procedures and will provide professional malpractice/liability insurance coverage for our members who reside within the continental United States. Some restrictions apply, e.g., persons who have been convicted of a felony.
You need to decide if you want to be in the “business” of counseling or in the “ministry” of counseling. If “ministry,” then the N.C.C.A.’s licensing program will better suit your goals to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and fulfill His call on your life. Each individual must decide if he or she wants to be an agent of the state or an agent of the Church. If you have a divine call on your life to counsel and minister to the hurting, then a state license may, put many prohibitions on such a ministry.
Yes! We have a program to allow mature students (typically older than 30) to gain their MA degree even without a prior bachelors degree. Click here for details. Apart from that, students can also be license to counsel even without a degree.
Yes, research shows that persons who are trained by the N.C.C.A. are usually able to help more than 90% of those who turn to them for counsel. This, of course, depends on each individual’s God-given talent.
We see in the bible that Jesus spent a great deal of time healing and delivering people from demonic spirits. He trained the disciples to do deliverance ministry and sent them out with power and authority to do that work. We believe that same call is on the Church today (Mark 16:15-19).
There are many different "styles" used to minister deliverance and some clients are concerned that we will embarrass or hurt them. We minister deliverance prayer through a process we have learned that is biblically based, sensitive to the needs of the individual and in a personal, private manner that results in great victory.
We believe that every believer can benefit from going through deliverance. In general, however, deliverance can be beneficial when someone is unable to gain the victory over some area of their life where they have tried many other means. This would include one or more of repeated prayer, extensive counseling, fasting and more. Areas where we have seen deliverance ministry be effective include battles with depression, anger, addictions, fear, pornography and more!
Possession implies ownership. A born-again believer becomes a child of God and is therefore "God-possessed". However believers can be demon-OPPRESSED... hence the need for deliverance. In a similar manner, a person can own a house and have that house infested by termites. No one says that the termites possess the house but the termites need to get dealt with. Termites get killed and demons get kicked out!
Absolutely not! Part of our teaching process is to show the demonic realm affects our soul (mind/memory/emotions). We also have a free will that God does not typically violate and we must take responsibility for our choices and decisions. The reality is that many people are powerless to get victory because they do not understand that demonic torment is behind their problem and when they are free they are better able to follow in the leading of the Holy Spirit as they purpose their will after Him.
The Lord has shown us a thorough five-session process of teaching and preparation before we pray deliverance over someone. It is done in a quiet, respectful and private way that does not involve theatrics. Check out our testimonials.
There can be a demonic stronghold in a person's life when they are unable to gain or keep victory in spite of trying to do all the "right" biblical things. Examples include depression, extreme fear or panic attacks, addictions, perversions (chronic masturbation, homosexuality, child molestation, pornography and more), fear, lying, guilt, shame and much more.
In Mark 16:15-19, Jesus gave His church directions and a commission. Part of the signs that follow belivers is to "drive out demons" in His name. He is the same yesterday, today and forever so we believe that call is still upon His church today!
Christians can be demon oppressed but not demon possessed. At salvation, a person receives a born again spirit only. Demonic torment/oppression results from strongholds in the soul and body, in the case of infirmity. Christians, are "God-possessed" because at salvation we get adopted into God's family.
At Above & Beyond we are able to minister to the needs of each client because we focus on counseling, deliverance and sanctification...hence the CDS process. Many people spend years in counseling (or on medication) yet cannot get freedom because they need deliverance ministry. You cannot counsel demons out of people... they need to be delivered.
We only minister deliverance to those who have received Jesus as their Savior. If there is doubt, we lead them in a prayer of repentance and a return to Christ, as with the prodigal son. Without that foundation then it will be difficult for a person to get free and ultimately stay free afterwards. The “house” needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the person equipped to discern and resist the demons when they seek to return (Matthew 12:44).
There are parts of the Body of Christ that believe that the ministry of deliverance ended with death of the apostles. This is one of many issues where brothers and sisters in the Lord will agree to disagree. If we encounter someone who is open, then we ask them to examine the Scriptures and check testimonies from our ministry and others. We will not debate the issue because we have seen the fruit of deliverance in many people’s lives.
The National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission International (A.C.I.) as a Comprehensive Accredited Member. Website: www.accreditnow.com
The NCCA. is also fully accredited by National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance (N.P.S.A.A.). Website: www.npsag.com