Since its publication a decade ago, Strategic Pastoral Counseling has been a standard text for pastoral counseling classes and a practical resource for parish clergy. This user-friendly book has been thoroughly revised and now includes two new chapters. Benner includes helpful case studies, an appendix on contemporary ethical issues, and extensive chapter bibliographies. Benner maintains that clergy are uniquely positioned in their pastoral roles to combine the therapeutic approach of modern counseling with the framework of classic Christian soul care. This practical handbook will be a useful guide for any pastoral counseling ministry.
A model for strategic pastoral counseling that is brief and time limited (usually five sessions), bibliotherapeutics, wholistic, structured, spiritually focused, and explicitly Christian. Pastors and church leaders involved in counseling ministries will benefit greatly from reading it.
—Siang-Yang Tan, Fuller Theological Seminary
Pastors operate within a different paradigm than the private counselor. David Benner’s book bridges this gap and offers the pastor a model of counseling that is sensitive to the peculiarities of pastoral ministry.
—Rod Wilson, Regent College
When it comes to counseling, most pastors feel that the contents of their counseling toolboxes are severely limited. Benner's revision of Strategic Pastoral Counseling should help with this predicament. This book is not just another reprint from a decade ago. There are many updates and significant revisions. One of the most beneficial changes is the expanded vision of the role of the pastoral counselor…There is much in Benner's book to encourage and empower pastors.
—Bryan N. Maier, Trinity Journal
David G. Benner is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Psychological Studies Institute, Atlanta, GA. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling.