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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.

This Sunday at Church: Pray that the Sermon Would not be Watered Down

I am fortunate to be in a congregation with elders and pastors who honor the Word each week. I know I try to lean on the Word and the Author.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray that the Sermon Would not be Watered Down.

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VerseD: Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

When saturated in the culture, it is easier to be like everyone else. Move with the Spirit to be made new in Christ in every moment.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV

Submitting ourselves to the influence and power of God gives us true freedom to live and want to choose His authority and sovereignty.

VerseD: 1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7, ESV

The world will know us by our love, and they will want to know the Source of Love.

Give everyone every reason to seek the God of Love.

VerseD: 1 Samuel 2:2

“There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”

1 Samuel 2:2, ESV

God is the only God, the foundation and sustainer of all. He alone is our hope.

VerseD: Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart

Psalm 119:2, ESV

The foundation of truth is God and His revealed Word. How could we not want to seek that Truth and then share it?

VerseD: Isaiah 6:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8, ESV

The Word should change us. The call of the Lord should push us.

May we proclaim the change that comes through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.