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How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
In other instances, a pastor will give my contact information to someone in need of counseling. Once the counseling relationship begins, it can take many forms.
3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks.
None at all. We both had degrees in ministry and were pursuing master's level education. We had the tools we needed for exegesis, pastoral counseling, and leadership.
Lead from Where You Are
Give to others from your own walk with God.
Finish the leadership team agenda. Start Bible study outline. Counseling appointment at 11 am Strategic planning meeting at 2 pm Finalize next semester's small-group curriculum.
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
Counseling is a wise option for mitigating burnout and cultivating lasting, life-giving practices to help you flourish in your ministry role. What happens
Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness?
3 ways your congregation can embrace those with mental disorders.
1. Healthy churches know what to look for. The Good Samaritan did not jump to any conclusions. He saw the injured man where he was and ministered to him where he was.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression.
Catherine Weber, PhD, writes in her article “Women and Depression” from Christian Counseling Today: “Women are three times as likely as men to be impacted by major depression
Why I See a Counselor
Counseling helped me discover my dual nature: the put-together leader and the afraid and ashamed woman.
Counseling helped me discover my dual nature: the put-together leader and the afraid and ashamed woman. Why I See a Counselor. This is the sacred space of counseling.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
on discipleship. “We are trying to deliver biblically sound and soul-stirring messages on a weekly basis while also leading, counseling, and the like. It
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
churches. My wife entered counseling because the hurtful silence was becoming so loud. It was at this low point that I heard the Lord begin a sentence.
You, Yes You, Need to Get Counseling
You can't afford not to.
Waiting. Thinking. Processing. I remember waiting for the unknown. The appointment went well. As I answered the counselor's initial questions, I began
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
For homeless clients, they provide foods like peanut butter and crackers or items they can microwave. They offer spiritual support and counseling. And
The Duggar Abuse Case: A Lesson for Churches
What churches can learn about the need to report abuse—and the consequences of failing to do so.
Instead, they recommended a treatment program for Josh that “consisted of hard physical work and counseling,” according to a police report. Josh's mother
Alone in Marriage
How church leaders can support spiritually single women
depressed. So I did what any good Christian woman would do: I spent hours in prayer and reading Scripture, and I sought out my pastor for counseling.
My Burnout Led to a Breakthrough
A difficult family situation led me to my true calling.
My exhaustion made even the easiest tasks feel overwhelming. I quickly realized that I needed help. I swallowed my pride and made my first counseling appointment.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
But what a painful way to learn the lessons of a sustainable life of ministry. Mike MacKenzie is clinical director of Marble Retreat, a crisis counseling center in Marble, Colorado.
Do We Need A Broader Definition Of Church Growth?
Any definition of church growth that doesn’t allow for, even celebrate, churches that contribute in non-numerical ways is incomplete.
But, just like an army requires dozens of support staff for every soldier on the field, is it possible that the church needs multiple churches that are discipling, counseling, comforting and