Thank you. Okay, because most counseling positions require a master's degree and some will require a bachelor's degree. There are many options beyond affiliation with a church. And you can research various counseling programs to determine if you want to do family counseling, individual counseling, child counseling, etc. Then from there you can decide on private practice, or working for an agency, church, etc.
Another option if you want to help others is to be a life coach. You don't need to return to school for this and can get certified as a life coach, and then start coaching people that way. Do a google search on coaching certification programs or life coaching to find out more. To answer, your original question, on how to proceed.
1. determine if you want to be a counselor or life coach.
2. if counselor, then you will need to go back to school for more education/degrees.
3. if coach, check out certification programs.
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