ACBC Updated Fellow Requirements


Fellow membership is reserved for men who demonstrate unique abilities to counsel, who serve as supervisors of counselors in training, and who provide leadership in applying biblical counseling principles to life.

ACBC remains the benchmark standard for biblical counseling training and certification. In order to keep our standards at a premium, a model has been developed to ensure an excellent Fellow training protocol. The three elements of the Fellow certification process train and test in many different ways.

Element One

  • Maintain Level 2 membership for at least two years
  • Complete 500 hours of counseling as an ACBC Certified Counselor
  • Obtain a post-baccalaureate degree in counseling, Bible, theology, or related field.
  • Once the first three items have been obtained, email the ACBC Office (see Application Checklist) to schedule an interview with the ACBC Director of Membership Services


Element Two

  • Complete Fellow Application Packet (see points 1. below for a checklist detailing this process)
  • Candidates for Fellow must submit to a thorough review of their theology and practice by the ACBC board of trustees. This review will occur in three segments. First, a committee of the board will review a representative sample of the candidate’s teaching. Second, the Candidate must research and write an original publication- quality article that reflects their theology and practice, and which advances the knowledge of the biblical counseling movement in 6,000-9,000 words. Third, Candidates must be interviewed by the board of trustees.


Element Three

  • Upon completion of Phase Two, Fellow Candidate must supervise two incoming ACBC Candidates into membership with ACBC, under the oversight of an ACBC Fellow Supervisor.


A few additional items to note:

  • Letters of recommendation must come from at least two Fellows, one of whom must be a member of the Board of Trustees;
  • Official Approval is by consensus of the Board of Trustees.


This is a very rewarding, but demanding process.

If you are interested in becoming an ACBC Fellow, please contact the ACBC office at with any questions you may have and to schedule a time to speak with Stuart Scott, Director of Membership Services at ACBC. Please also read the attachments in the following order:

  1. Fellow Application Checklist
  2. Fellow Application
  3. Fellow Applicant Recommendation Form
  4. Fellows Supervision Log


I started the Fellow process under the old requirements, prior to October 2017. How should I proceed forward?

We understand that many individuals may already be in process towards the level of Fellow.

If you are in Element One: We do ask that you abide by the new Fellow Standards (the standards that are reflected on this page) as you move forward.

If you are in Element Two: Please complete the Fellow Process: Hardship Application. This will enable our board of directors to review where you are in process and help determine the way forward.

If you are in Element Three: The elements in Phase Three have not changed. You can continue with supervising into membership two individuals.

Regarding the original, publication-quality article:

Can this be a written article from the past? Yes, but we do ask that it is recent within 5 years of the year of application with ACBC.

Can this be a dissertation? Yes, if it meets the time requirement of being recent within 5 years.

Can the article be longer than 9,000 words? If this is a new, written article we ask that it be a minimum of 6,000 words and no more than 9,000 words. If it is a previously written piece, it is ok if it is a bit longer than 9,000 words.

Should the article submitted along with the application? Yes, the article will need to be received in at the same time the entire application is received.

Does the topic of the article need to be approved ahead of time? No, it does not need to be approved ahead of time. In order to advance the knowledge of the biblical counseling movement, it would be helpful if the article is written on an area that has never been written on before.