Care for the Church

A Better Job

Church should be a safe place where broken people can encounter Jesus. Jesus modeled true, compassionate love in His ministry. In our churches, we should model His love and one way we can do that is through counseling. In this post, produced in cooperation with the Association of Biblical Counselors, Dr. John Henderson discusses practical next steps for pastors looking to incorporate counseling in their churches.

John is the Executive Director of the Center for Church Equipping, which is a training arm of the Association of Biblical Counselors, a pastor, and author of several books including Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling.

 We could always do a better job of counseling our congregations. John said change begins with an intentional and prayerful desire to grow and learn. 

In terms of counseling, how would you rate your church? Would you say you’re doing well? Why or why not? Where do you see room for growth?
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John encouraged pastors to cultivate a gracious and merciful environment in their churches. Is that how you would describe your church? Why or why not? How could you take steps toward promoting grace and mercy in your congregation?
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One way you can create and environment of grace and mercy in your church is through your personal confession of sins. When have you confessed a sin before your congregation? How did your church react? What was the outcome?
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How do you train your members in biblical counseling? If you don’t have a counseling program, how could you introduce counseling into your church?
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John said that counseling is a way for you care for your church, just as Christ cared for the people he encountered while on earth. How could you care for your congregation this week? What tips from this session could you incorporate in your church?
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Counseling can make an incredible impact on your church. Encourage any counselors you know this week—thank them for providing care to your church members. Seek out new ways to counsel and care for your staff and members. Love your church as Christ loves us. Spend some time in prayer for your church and those you counsel.

You can find more on approval from John in the course The Church that Counsels.

To learn more about The Association of Biblical Counselors, click here.