GFI Equipping ModuleLevel of InfluenceLevel of GuidanceLevel of Soul Care
3. Solomon Lecture SeriesCounselorBiblical CounselingCorrective
2. Exchanged Life WorkshopHelperRemedial DisciplingDirective
1. Exchanged Life ConferenceEncouragerPersonal CaringSupportive

Certified Exchanged Life Counselor

Steps to Certification
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GFI Equipping Modules

Exchanged Life Conference: 1.5 days (available live, on DVD, or online)

Spirituotherapy Workshop: 3.5 days (training event held in Pigeon Forge, TN in March, August, and November)

Solomon School Online Lecture Series: 25 video lectures with PDF notes (site license available)

Required Reading

Handbook to Happiness* (Solomon)

The Ins and Out of Rejection* (Solomon)

For Me to Live is Christ* (Solomon)

How to Exchange Your Life for a New One* (Jones)

Handbook for Christ-Centered Counseling* (Solomon)

Man as Spirit, Soul and Body* (Woodward)

The New Life* (Wallis)

Discipling the Desperate* (Solomon) or Exchanged Lives (Best)

When Friends Ask for Help* (Sala)

The Bondage Breaker (Anderson) or Spiritual Warfare (Warner)

The Normal Christian Life (Nee) or Bone of His Bone (Huegel)

Absolute Surrender (Murray) or Victory in Christ (Trumbull)

Required Audio

Christ is Life Conference 8 sessions (Woodward / GFI)

Counseling God’s Way  6 sessions (Hoekstra / Living in Christ Ministries)

Personal Ministry Practicum

40 hours of documented discipleship counseling
This module is fulfilled at the student’s location. The Practicum Supervision fee
covers the monitoring of the trainee’s progress, Core Knowledge Review, and four supervisory phone sessions.

GFI Certification Cost Summary (PDF)

GFI Certification Checklist (PDF)

*Resources available through the Grace Fellowship International store
Categories of soul care are adapted from Dr. Garrett Higbee’s material at Harvest Bible Chapel. See

Additional Recommended Resources:


Blessed Reassurance* (Woodward)
Counseling Through Your Bible and/or Counseling Keys (Hunt)
Gems and Jargon* (Solomon)
Freedom from Addiction workbook and/or One Day at a Time (Anderson and Quarles)
Grace Discipleship Course I,II* (Turner)
The Healthy Christian Life (Minirth et. al)
They Found the Secret (Edman)


The Life seminar (Bill and Anabel Gillham)
Parable videos (Vine, Butterfly, Potter) (King)
The Pineapple Story, The Snake Story (Koning)


Day by Day by Grace daily e-devotionals (Hoekstra)
Grace Notes library
Treasures of Truth course
Fathers Loveletter, Journey Home to Love videos

“…Do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant…” (2 Cor. 3:1-6).

Although this certification is valuable, the primary credential of Christian counseling is the fruit of transformed lives. Some are documented in GFI books such as Discipling the Desperate and From Pastors to Pastors: Testimonies of Revitalized Ministries. Also see the media section (audio and video) for testimonies of how the Holy Spirit continues Christ’s ministry of healing and liberation through His ambassadors.