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VerseD: Colossians 1:13

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son

Colossians 1:13, ESV

Being found in Christ is truly seeing, freed from the oppression of sin into the glorious light and life of Christ.

VerseD: Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

Isaiah 9:2, ESV

May you seek God and discover the blessings the light of His grace and forgiveness, the freedom of His love.

VerseD: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24‭-‬26, ESV

Seek God, and may you find the blessings of His love and grace.

VerseD: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17, ESV

God does not change, no matter what the world tries to say, and He has given us His grace, love, forgiveness, an life. Let the world see our trust in Him.

VerseD: 1 Chronicles 16:34

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

1 Chronicles 16:34, ESV

Our God has done so much for us, we should want to give thanks for His love and grace every moment of every day.

VerseD: Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 28:7, ESV

When we realize that apart from God we can do nothing good, yet He came to save us from the pit of death, we should want to worship Him and spread His fame.

VerseD: Jeremiah 17:10

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Jeremiah 17:10, ESV

God knows our actions and our intentions and thoughts. No one is guiltless before Him.

Yet, He offers His grace through Jesus Christ.

VerseD: Psalm 91:2

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:2, ESV

Despite the problems in our world, our God is the place of stability and safety we can turn, showing a hurting and anxious world the peace He offers.

Follow-up to “A Growing Need for Counseling Pastors”

In my previous post, I briefly outlined the growing need for Counseling Pastors. In this post, I will attempt to briefly describe the heart and qualifications to look for in a person who will fill such a position. (The terms “Counseling Pastor” and “Christian Counselor” will be used interchangeably)

Let me begin by pointing out what a counseling pastor is not. First, a counseling pastor should not be a clinical (state licensed) counselor. There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest, perhaps, is that a clinical counselor is subject to ACA guidelines and is legally bound to not be “directive,” meaning they cannot tell people what is morally right or wrong. This, unfortunately, removes the counselors’ most powerful tool. Second, a Christian counselor must recognize that even though we can be directive, we must do so sparingly. Many pastors who counsel take the wrong approach by being significantly over-directive. This, however, can be perceived as judgmental and cold. I will not elucidate any further here, since this is beyond the scope of this article.

Third, the Christian Counselor must be competent. Anyone can quote Bible verses or give advice, but that is not what counseling is. Competency in a Counseling Pastor looks like this. A person who is:

  • An excellent listener
  • Humble
  • A good communicator
  • A good problem solver
  • Someone who can balance logic, reason, and the leading of the Holy Spirit
  • Someone who has knowledge and wisdom, and the ability to apply them appropriately
  • Someone who knows people (knows how they think and what they feel, what motivates them, etc.)
  • Someone who has and continues to apply all of the above to his own life first.
  • And, of course, successful experience in counseling ministry is a big plus.

While not an exhaustive list, these are just some of the things to help discern which candidate is best qualified for your Counseling Pastor.

Jesse Walker is an ordained pastor who is a Christian Counselor.

He is the founder and lead counselor of Christian Counseling Ministries in Phoenix, AZ.

VerseD: Matthew 11:28-29

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28‭-‬29, ESV

This world is full of concerns, obligations, and worries, but our God is sovereign and mighty.

Trust in Him and His Word.