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Christian vs. Secular Counseling [Infographic]


The main difference between Christian and non-Christian counselors is the authorities under which they operate: the church or the state. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two professions.



Master’s degree required, with the exception of clergy members. Practitioners should also have extensive knowledge of the Bible and Christian practices.


Master’s degree in psychology or social work required.

License Requirements


Six states offer specific Christian counseling licensure (Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee); all other states require licensure equal to other professional mental health counselors.


Post-degree clinical experience and licensure after a state-specific exam are required.

Median Salary





Typical Places of Practice


Private offices, churches, Christian schools, adoption agencies, hospitals, funeral homes, homeless shelters.


Nursing and residential care facilities, outpatient care centers, private offices, government offices, private healthcare offices, hospitals.



Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.


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