Program description

Christians have personal and interpersonal struggles. Jesus Christ knows those struggles and cares about us and enters in. He is the one who brings about significant change in people’s lives. And because this is what he does, he is preeminently relevant to counseling.

The good news of Jesus Christ is meant to be preached, taught, and counseled with relevance to individual people. Church members continually need biblically qualified and agape motivated help to live out our Christian life each day step by step till we come home. And God uses Christian community to transform his people.

Therefore, in order to equip the church to be this kind of transforming community, we want to prepare a generation of biblically qualified and agape motivated counselors and shepherds.

Program courses include topics of Biblical counseling, Systematic theology and Counseling skills and practice.

Our courses are designed to help you grow in confidence to offer Christlike counsel to those in need. 
Students will interact with the lectures and readings, but, in order for personal problems not to overwhelm the learning experience for everyone else, we don’t want people to have mistaken expectations  to receive personal counseling either from the profs or in the small groups.

Program is suitable for church members from different denominations.

Organizational information  

Length of the program – 4 years. Intensity – 4 courses a year in the first 3 years, 2 courses and final paper in the last year. Duration of the course – 5 working day evenings. Tuition fee – 140 EUR per year. Language of the course: English, with simultaneous translation (upon request).

Between the courses, students study assigned literature and do written work. 

Supervisions are also planned. 

Plan for the new program cycle 2023 – 2027:

First year

October 2-6, 2023 – “An Overview of Christian Counseling”
Dr. Andrew H. Selle (assisted by Mrs. Dawna S. Selle) (USA)

February 5-14, 2024 – Method of Biblical Counseling
Dr. Mark Kelderman (USA)

April 10, 12, 15, ,17, 19, 2024 – Counseling in the local church
Ellen Oosterhuis (the Netherlands) 

May 27-31, 2024 – Theological Anthropology
Rev. Mark Vander Hart (USA)

Second year

September 30 – October 4, 2024 – Marriage counseling
Dr. Andrew H. Selle (assisted by Mrs. Dawna S. Selle) (USA)

February, 2025 – Counseling Problems and Procedures

April, 2025 Counseling and Physiology

May, 2025 – Doctrine of God

Third year

October, 2025 – Christian Worldview and Apologetics

February, 2026 – Counseling Children and adolescents

April, 2026 – Theology and secular Psychology

May – June, 2026 – Counseling Practicum

Forth year

October , 2026 – Biblical interpretation

February, 2027 – Soteriology

January – June, 2027 – Final paper

Lecturers in Biblical Counseling program 

Dr. Andrew H. Selle and Mrs. Dawna S. Selle (USA)
Dr. Jim Newheizer and Caroline Newheizer (USA)
Ellen Oosterhuis (the Netherlands)
Mark Vander Hart (USA)
Dr. Sacha Walicord (USA)
Dr. Mark Kelderman (USA)

Requisites for tuition fee payment:

Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary
Reg. No. 40003551446
Address: Akas street 13, Riga, Latvia, LV-1011
Bank: AS Swedbank
IBAN: LV77HABA0551000755037
Details: Tuition fee for Spring/Autumn semester, year 20__