Pastors spend much of their time counseling people in crisis—a delicate task that requires one to carefully evaluate each situation, share relevant principles from God’s Word, and offer practical suggestions for moving forward. Too often, however, pastors feel unprepared to effectively shepherd their people through difficult circumstances such as depression, adultery, eating disorders, and suicidal thinking. Written to help pastors and church leaders understand the basics of biblical counseling, this book provides an overview of the counseling process from the initial meeting to the final session. It also includes suggestions for cultivating a culture of discipleship within a church and four appendixes featuring a quick checklist, tips for taking notes, and more.
“Pastoral counseling involves at least three core elements: listening, considering, and then speaking.” (Page 48)
“Second, and even more important, your confidence for navigating the dark places is not in you in the first place, but in Christ.” (Page 33)
“First, as with everything in life, your skill in navigating the dark places is developed only by practice.” (Page 32)
“We laid out the three main goals of counseling: to address the problem, to display the relevance of the gospel, and to help people grow in Christlikeness.” (Page 48)
“Loving Jesus involves caring for those who are his. And caring for those who are his will involve death.” (Page 25)