Pastors spend much of their time counselling 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 counselling, this book provides an overview of the counselling 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 and tips for taking notes.
"Biblical counseling, grounded in the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, is essential to the health of the church... The Pastor and Counseling is a remarkably helpful introduction to the pastoral counseling ministry and is brimming with sage, biblical wisdom for both new and seasoned pastors."?
- R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary