American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Nathan Project

Are you Nathan Certified?

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(Regular Tuition $139)

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Dear Friend:

Are YOU “Nathan” certified? My prayer is that every pastor, youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, counselor, church leader, anyone working in a caring profession or ministry, both men and women, will answer a resounding YES!

My mother used to say to me, “The greatest saint can fall if the conditions are right.” As a Bible teacher, she knew that King David, a man “after God’s own heart,” did. So did Solomon, and Judah. Did you know there are nine different sexual sins listed in the book of Genesis alone?! Sexual temptation will come. Pornography, Online Chat, Hotel bars, etc. What you do in the face of it is everything. What will you do? How about those who serve in leadership roles around you?

In my estimation, most leaders are NOT prepared for the privileges, power, demands and stresses of their positions. We cannot leave them defenseless and need to help build a hedge of protection around each one.

Because of this, the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) has created, “The Nathan Project.” Our mission is straightforward: Developing and Maintaining Sexual Integrity in Counseling and Ministry. Some of you may be wondering why we are calling it “The Nathan Project?” Well, if you remember, it took the prophet Nathan confronting David in the form of a parable for David to see his way and repent of his sin. God’s purpose for sending Nathan was not limited to retribution. God’s desire, the same desire He has for all of us, is that David would see his way, repent and restore his relationship with God. This is our “Nathan” call to the Church and her leaders.

Consider this a bold word to take a step to insulate yourself. Proverbs 4:23 says “above all else you must guard your heart.” That is your job. If you are a leader, challenge those around you to go through the program too. Join me in becoming “Nathan” certified.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.


Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

Special Offer $89

(Regular Tuition $139)

Enroll in The Nathan Project

Lessons include:
Personal Stories and Consequences

Presented by Mark Laaser, Ph.D. and David Carder, M.A.

This session provides an overview of the problem of sexual misconduct in the ministry, the prevalence and the causes. The instructors give their personal stories and how they became interested in this ministry.

Close Calls in the Ministry

Presented by David Carder, M.A.

Dave Carder provides research from his book Close Calls: What Adulterers Want You to Know About Protecting Your Marriage. He provides a detailed list of risky behaviors that lead down the slippery slope toward infidelity and sexual immorality as well as life experiences that can make you vulnerable to moral mistakes.

Moral Failure

Presented by Mark Laaser, Ph.D.

Dr. Laaser outlines the problem of pornography and sexual addiction and it’s prevalence in those in Christian ministry. Research on sexual addiction in pastors is outlined along with practical information about treatment and recovery.

Risk Factors and Protections

Presented by Mark Laaser, Ph.D. and David Carder, M.A.

Dr. Laaser and Dave Carder provide insight into the characteristics which predispose individuals to moral failure ranging from childhood sexual abuse to Attention Deficit Disorder. They also provide practical information about getting help and preventing moral failure in your life and the lives of those who serve in your ministry.

Power in Leadership: Integrity vs. Deceit

Presented by Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Diane Langberg provides an insightful and enlightening view of the responsibilities and dangers inherent in power and leadership. She gives direction and perspective on the emotional, spiritual and sociological aspects of moral failure in leadership and helps provides insight for protecting the hearts and minds of our leaders.

World-class Faculty

  David Carder, M.A. Mark Laaser, Ph.D. Diane Langberg, Ph.D.  
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