New Life University Application Deadline Nearing

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New Life University (NLU) is currently accepting applications for the winter semester of the Pastoral Counselor tract. Deadline for enrollment is Friday, January 16, 2015. If you have ever wanted to be a counselor, talk with people about their problems, or have a desire to help hurting people around you then New Life University may provide that opportunity.

New Life is affiliated with Branches Counseling Center and since 2009 has served over 100 students. Dr. Mike Courtney , Executive Director and Founder of Branches says, "It has always been the mission of Branches and NLU to make quality, Christian counseling as accessible as possible to the general public. Training and equipping pastoral counselors is a very natural step toward that end."

New Life University focuses on basic counseling skills, understanding temperament, and crisis intervention, all from a Biblical base. Students enter a two year program doing about half of the courses by directed study and half in a classroom setting. Classes are scheduled in a Friday evening/Saturday morning seminar type format with 2 to 3 weekends completing a course. "Our students take about 12 weekends over a 2 year period to complete the coursework," Dr. Courtney says.


New Life University has placed a number of graduates in local churches and ministries. The program is especially suited for second career adults or empty-nest mothers who are seeking a rewarding career that encompasses a call to ministry to those hurting in our communities.

For additional information you may call Chandy Powell, NLU Dean of Students, at 615-653-7487 or Branches Counseling Center at (615) 904-7170. You may download registration information online at Tuition and paperwork may be submitted in person at Branches Counseling Center, 1450 Battleground Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, or mailed to: Chandy Powell, Dean of Students, New Life University, % Branches Counseling Center, 1450 Battleground Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Tuition and paperwork must be submitted no later than Friday, January 16, 2015.


About New Life University (NLU), founded in 2008 in Murfreesboro, is an educational and training organization for Christian counselors. NLU includes ministers, professional Christian counselors, testing specialists, medical doctors, attorneys and educators. The two year NLU program offers credentialing for pastoral counselors through the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). The NCCA certification/licensing program is not to be identified nor confused with state licensing in any way. Additional information about NLU may be found under the "what we do" tab at Chandy Powell, MA serves as Dean of Students for NLU.

About Branches Counseling Center, founded in 2007 by Mike Courtney, Ph.D., with offices in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, and Springfield, TN and St. Augustine, FL, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith based counseling center offering healing and hope for those struggling with family or emotional issues both adult and children, anxiety, depression or addiction regardless of ability to pay. The dedicated and well-trained staff of both state licensed and pastoral counselors work with couples, individuals, children, and teens to bring the very best of traditional counseling and Biblical principles to personal, family, and relational issues to help bring meaning and wholeness to everyone the center serves. Branches accepts most major insurance plans. For more information about services or to make a donation contact Branches Counseling Center, 1450 Battleground Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; phone 615-904-7170; or email from the "contact us' page at

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