Equipping the Discipleship Counselor (EDC)

Grace Ministries International is a counseling and training facility which offers equipping courses for the next generation of Discipleship Counselors. We offer a multi-faceted approach, including classroom study, videos, and co-counseling learning. This 27-session program will equip men and women who sense God’s calling to pastoral counseling with a firm introduction to the Exchanged Life Model of discipleship counseling. The focus of EDC is learning, observing, and practicing basic counseling skills.

Upon completion of required reading, homework, class participation, and co-counseling hours, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from Network 220. This program does not qualify one as a Licensed Professional Counselor, however, it does prepare participants for pastoral counseling.


Equipping the Discipleship Counselor is offered Monday evenings (6:00 to 9:00pm) with required classes one weekend per month: Friday (6:00 to 9:00pm) & Sat (9am to 4:00pm). Remote class attendance is available for those to live outside the Atlanta area.

Sample of Curriculum Topics

  • Listening Skills
  • History Taking
  • Diagraming Flesh
  • Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis
  • Guiding Forgiveness
  • Invitation to Brokenness/Entrusting

 Program Requirements

  • Attend and participate in class
  • Complete all Required Reading and Videos for EDC
  • Complete all assignments and case studies
  • Participate in 16 hours of Co-counseling
  • Present a class project on an approved topic
  • Participate in a weekend EDC Workshop


  • Submit an Equipping the Discipleship Counselor Application Form
  • The Encounter
  • Personal Interview with the Director of Counseling


  • $1,100 Tuition Fee ($1,000 if paid in full by January 10, 2020)
  • Approximately $10 book fees

EDC Application Steps

  1. Complete the EDC Application Form
  2. Mail completed for to:

Grace Ministries International
131 Village Parkway NE #4
Marietta, GA 30067

After receiving your application, we will:

  • Schedule an interview with the Director of Counseling
  • Prayerfully consider you acceptance to the EDC program
  • Inform you of our decision within 2 weeks

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 Upcoming EDC

August 2020 EDC – Mondays & 1 Kickoff Weekend
Application Deadline: August 3, 2020
Kickoff Weekend: August 28-29, 2020
Meets Monday evenings (6:00 to 9:00pm) starting September 14, 2020