Pastors today have a multitude of responsibilities, from preparing biblically sound messages to managing their churches. But their most difficult and most dreaded task is often that of pastoral care and counseling.
In Caring for Souls, experienced pastoral counselors and Professors Gary Bredfeldt and Harry Shields offer practical advice, sound theoretical teaching, and rich insights into the psychology/theology debate—taking the fear out of offering spiritual counsel by showing pastors, lay counselors, students, and others how we can provide effective, meaningful, and biblically sound help to our fellow believers.
Discover the answers to these questions and more:
- Is it appropriate to use secular psychology to help people in the church?
- How can I counsel people in a way that is consistent with Scripture?
- What can I do to ensure that I don’t burn out while caring for others?
- Title: Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture
- Authors: Harry Shields and Gary J. Bredfeldt
- Publisher: Moody Press
- Publication Date: 2001
- Pages: 550
About the Authors
Dr. Harry Shields is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Neenah, Wisconsin. For the last fifteen years, he served on the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute, where he was the chairman of the Pastoral Studies Department. He and his wife have two adult sons who are also involved in local church ministries.
Dr. Gary J. Bredfeldt is the chair of the Department of Educational Ministries at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, and serves as an educational consultant and visiting instructor in the masters of education program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Bredfeldt leads advanced educational seminars, is often involved in teacher in-service training, and is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, and seminars. He is also coauthor of Creative Bible Teaching.