For the Pastoral, Lay, or Peer Counselors
Plans fail for lack of counsel,but with
many advisers they succeed. (Prov. 15:22)
We are called to come along side of one another. Counseling is one of the ways to do that. God will use us to help others succeed in their way, to walk according to His ways. Let us remember, however, that the ultimate counselor in a person's life is the Spirit of God (Jn. 14:16, 26).
Click on a Counseling Training Topic:
Click on the answer below you would choose.
A. to tell them how to solve their problem
B. to help them solve their problem
C. to let them talk about their problem
But, some may say, why a counselor? If the Body of Christ is functioning as it should, are counselors really necessary? Undoubtedly a large portion of professional counseling could be eliminated if the church was committed to living out the 'one another' commands of Scripture.
. . . admonish one another . . . bear one another's burdens . . . build up one another . . . care for one another . . . comfort one another . . . confess faults to one another . . . encourage one another . . . spur one another on
Surely, in this kind of dynamic atmosphere, healing and change would occur. People would find the church to be a safe place, among those who accept one another. According to Titus 2:11-12, it is grace that "teaches us to say 'no' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."
The intent of this training is not, however, to provide a dissertation on the pros and cons of professional counseling. Nor is the objective to provide in-depth coverage of clinical counseling or abnormal psychology. The intent is to help church leaders and workers to more effectively counsel in the normal course of ministry. This training is for the pastoral, lay, or peer counselor.
In some regards, yes, any believer who is fulfilling the one another commands of Scripture will be a counselor. There are, however, those who are gifted to come alongside of people in a more concerted or more intentional way. People with the gift of exhortation may find themselves in this role more than those without that gift.
- ability to empathize
- ability to listen
Order the People Helping Ministry Manual for some input on each of the above qualities.
For More on Counseling:
- Counselor Objectives
- Counseling Technique
- Listening Skills
- Lack of Progress
- Counseling Resources
- Becoming a Christian Counselor