Pastoral Care

Created by Crosslands Training

About this Learning Track

For anyone involved in pastoral care in the local church including elders, pastoral staff, women’s workers, pastoral teams and small group leaders.

Over the course of 8 modules, students will learn how to apply the glorious truth of the gospel to people’s character and life, in the context of church community.

The successful student who enrols and completes all these courses is awarded an unaccredited Crosslands Certificate.


Course 1 :
Foundation: Gospel Change

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12 Month Access ($30.00 USD)

About this Course

The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29). In this course you will learn how to apply the gospel to your everyday life. It teaches Christians to connect the truth about God with our 'Monday-morning struggles'. You will find out how change takes place as God’s truth is applied to the heart, and also how to effectively minster the gospel to those around you.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. The dynamics of gospel change
  • Unit 2. Gospel change and repentance
  • Unit 3. Gospel change and faith
  • Unit 4. Head and heart in Christian experience
  • Unit 5. The means of grace - the bible, prayer and community
  • Unit 6. Holiness - its nature
  • Unit 7. Holiness - relationships
  • Unit 8. Holiness - conversations
  • Unit 9. Holiness - thankfulness

Course 2 :
Foundation: Gospel Living

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About this Course

The gospel is not just the message we proclaim, it is also the message that shapes our identity, relationships, the nature of the church, mission and everyday life. This is the central course for the this curriculum. It is all about living a gospel centred life.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. A life for God
  • Unit 2. A love for God
  • Unit 3. Looking back: to the Cross
  • Unit 4. Looking around: at the Christian Community
  • Unit 5. Looking forward: to Eternity
  • Unit 6. Living now: Decisions
  • Unit 7. Living now: Friendships
  • Unit 8. Living now: Horizons
  • Unit 9. Living now: Possessions

Course 3 :
Foundation: Gospel Relationships

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About this Course

Relationships are fundamental to our identity, yet they are fraught with difficulty, fear, conflict and uncertainty. Coming to Christ puts us automatically into relationship with a community of his people. The gospel enables relationships to fulfil their purpose and design. In these nine units you will cover a gospel approach to key relationships and how to navigate some of the major blockages to serving each other.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Introversion & Extraversion
  • Unit 2. Conflict
  • Unit 3. Fearing People
  • Unit 4. Humility
  • Unit 5. Gifts And Services
  • Unit 6. Work
  • Unit 7. Marriage
  • Unit 8. Singleness
  • Unit 9. Parenting

Course 4 :
Foundation: Gospel Community

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About this Course

The Christian life is to be lived in the context of community on display to the world. Taking Romans 12 as its key text, this course will help you learn what Christian community should look like and how it is rooted in the gospel. Through the course you’ll be challenged to think about your own role in the church and be helped to build community on mission around the gospel.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. A gospel community (Romans 12:1)
  • Unit 2. A distinctive community (Romans 12:2)
  • Unit 3. A diverse community (Romans 12:3-8)
  • Unit 4. A devoted community (Romans 12:9-10)
  • Unit 5. A zealous community (Romans 12:11)
  • Unit 6. A patient community (Romans 12:12)
  • Unit 7. A generous community (Romans 12:13)
  • Unit 8. A peaceable community (Romans 12:14-13:7)
  • Unit 9. A missional community (Romans 15:1-7)

Course 5 :
Foundation: Living the Cross and Resurrection

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About this Course

This course shows how the cross and resurrection provide the pattern for discipleship in the everyday. It calls us to live out the radical implications of grace and to apply the way of the cross to every area of life. You’ll discover how the cross and resurrection empower you in Christ for a life of sacrificial service and joy. You’ll be encouraged to live a risk-taking life on mission to the world as part of a community of people empowered by the cross.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. The freedom of the cross
  • Unit 2. The community of the cross
  • Unit 3. The power of the cross
  • Unit 4. The life of the cross
  • Unit 5. The pattern of the cross
  • Unit 6. Power to be weak
  • Unit 7. Life to die
  • Unit 8. The message of the resurrection
  • Unit 9. The promise of the resurrection

Course 6 :
Foundation: Union with Christ

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12 Month Access ($30.00 USD)

About this Course

All that Christ has achieved for his people is ours through our union with him. Heart change and mission flow out of who Jesus is, and how we are bound to him by faith. This course will teach you to understand and enjoy your relationship with Jesus in everyday life on mission.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. What Is Union With Christ
  • Unit 2. Location And Representation
  • Unit 3. The Work Of The Spirit
  • Unit 4. Sanctification
  • Unit 5. The Benefits Of Our Union
  • Unit 6. Union With Christ And One Another
  • Unit 7. How Union With Christ Impacts Everyday Life
  • Unit 8. Motivation And Mission
  • Unit 9. Keeping Going In Mission

Course 7 :
Foundation: Pastoral Care Part One

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12 Month Access ($30.00 USD)

About this Course

All Christians have a responsibility to pastor one another by speaking the gospel in love. This course gives us a biblical definition of pastoral care, interacts with secular approaches to helping others and outlines a biblical approach to change. It sets the foundation for Pastoral Care Part Two.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Pastoral care and the Christian: part one
  • Unit 2. Pastoral care and the Christian: part two
  • Unit 3. Pastoral care and the Christian community
  • Unit 4. Pastoral care and secular counselling models: part one
  • Unit 5. Pastoral care and secular counselling models: part two
  • Unit 6. A biblical understanding of the problem: part one
  • Unit 7. A biblical understanding of the problem: part two
  • Unit 8. A biblical understanding of change: part one
  • Unit 9. A biblical understanding of change: part two

Course 8 :
Foundation: Pastoral Care Part Two

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About this Course

Depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, and anger affect us all at some point in our lives. What does the gospel have to say to these issues? How should you understand them and what can you say to help? Find Christ centred answers in these 9 units.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part One
  • Unit 2. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part Two
  • Unit 3. A Biblical Process Of Change: Part Three
  • Unit 4. Issues In Pastoral Care: Depression Part One
  • Unit 5. Issues In Pastoral Care: Depression Part Two
  • Unit 6. Issues In Pastoral Care: Addictive Behaviour
  • Unit 7. Issues In Pastoral Care: Self-Esteem and Guilt
  • Unit 8. Issues in Pastoral Care: Anxiety
  • Unit 9. Issues In Pastoral Care: Anger

Certificate : Obtain My Certificate of Completion

About the Certificate of Completion

When you have completed this course study track on, you will need to enroll here to apply for your certificate. This enrollment will be activated when you have successfully finished all the courses in this track.









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Registration Period: 24 Month Access


  • Dr. Tim Chester
    Dr. Tim Chester

    Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.

  •  Steve  Timmis
    Steve Timmis

    Steve Timmis lives in Sheffield, England, where he is a pastor in The Crowded House. He is also the Executive Director of Acts 29. He has co-authored a number of books with Tim Chester, including Total Church,  as well as authoring a couple all on his own – Gospel Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That!

How It Works / FAQs

What is a track?

A track is a collection of courses that the Crosslands Faculty has put together to provide a guided program of study in a specific subject area.

Why should I work to complete a track?

You should work to complete a track if you desire to love Jesus, live by grace and live shaped by the cross and resurrection. The tracks aim to help you understand how God’s Word affects heart change in the context of communities and mission as you develop a 'gospel instinct' for everyday life. Students who successfully complete a track will receive a certificate of completion from Crosslands.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. Although a course subscription only provides access to a given course for a set time period, you may take as long as you wish to complete a learning track.

Can I skip certain courses?

In order to complete a learning track and receive a certificate, you must complete every course within that track.

Can anyone receive a certificate of completion?

Yes. Anyone who enrolls in a Crosslands course can work toward earning a certificate of completion.

How do I receive a certificate of completion?

Once you have finished all the courses in a track, you may apply for and receive a certificate of completion.

Is this certificate of completion recognized for credit by colleges and seminaries?

No, the Crossland Foundation Course modules are not currently credit-bearing. If you are interested in pursuing seminary credit for any of these courses, please go to the BibleMesh Institute here. For more information about Crosslands and to sign up as a student or start a learning site / study group, click here.