Certified Exchanged Life Recovery Coach

Steps to Certification
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GFI Equipping Modules

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

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

3. Solomon School Online Lecture Series (Recovery Coach edition): 25 video lectures with PDF notes

Required Reading


Handbook to Happiness* (Charles Solomon)
The Ins and Out of Rejection or The Rejection Syndrome* (Charles Solomon)
For Me to Live is Christ* (Charles Solomon)
Handbook for Christ-Centered Counseling* (Charles Solomon)
Lifeline Caregiver Course Manual (PDF) HopeForTheHeart.org [added 4/2021]
The Bondage Breaker (Neil Anderson) or Toward a Deeper Walk (Marcus Warner)
The Normal Christian Life (Nee) or Bone of His Bone* (F.J. Huegel)
Altar’d (Jennifer Kennedy Dean) or The Indwelling Life of Christ (Ian Thomas)

Recovery Specific

Freedom from Addiction (Neil Anderson & Mike Quarles) FreedfromAddicton.org
Beside Still Waters* (Cherri Freeman) LoveThemToLife.com
Addiction: The Facts (George Crabb & Steve Curington) or Life’s Healing Choices (John F. Baker Jr.)
Helping Others Overcome Addiction (Steve McVey & Mike Quarles) FreedfromAddicton.org

Required Video seminars

Navigating the Recovery Journey seminar – (John Woodward) Online video edition. Order from GFI here.  Webinar notebook

Freedom From Addictive Behaviors Conference (Mike & Julia Quarles) DVDs or online access. Order here.  Webinar notebook

Personal Ministry Practicum

40 hours of documented Recovery Coach ministry
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.


*Resources available through the Grace Fellowship International store online or by phone (865-429-0450)

Additional Recommended Resources: Recommended mtls

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 uses Christ-centered counseling.

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