Saturday, March 12, 2016
Review: Biblical Counseling and the Church by:Kellemen/Carson
About the Book:
As people face addictions, deal with loss and grief, and seek help in restoring broken relationships, where can they turn for counsel and assistance? The local church has been uniquely blessed with the gift of the gospel and is able to offer hope and counsel that no other institution on earth can.
In Biblical Counseling and the Church, Bob Kellemen and Kevin Carson have assembled over twenty respected ministry leaders who examine the relationship between counseling and the church. This comprehensive resource, part of the Biblical Counseling Coalition series, helps leaders and counselors develop a vision that goes beyond being a church with a biblical counseling ministry to becoming a church of biblical counseling—a church culture that is saturated by “one-another” ministry.
Divided into five parts, Biblical Counseling and the Church will help church leaders:
Unite the pulpit ministry of preaching the Word with the personal ministry of the Word in counseling
Offer practical and theological training to equip counselors
Launch and lead a counseling ministry, regardless of the size of your church
Bring together the relational focus of small group ministry with the ministry of care and counseling
Better understand the relationship between biblical counseling, church discipline, and conflict resolution
Learn how to use counseling in outreach through “missional” biblical counseling—moving biblical counseling beyond the doors of the church and into the world.
As a Christian especially if you belong to a church, it can be real hard to seek counseling in your own church. You don't want to be judged and sometimes you will do without any sort of counseling and this can lead to disastrous results for you and your family. In my opinion there is a shortage of pastors willing to have counseling sessions and I think that because of this there a lot of people suffering for no good reason. If only these ministers had an effective way to minister to these families one on one maybe we would see a lot of relationships restored which is ultimately what God wants.
This book is a virtual guidebook for leaders in ministry. It includes many, many things to get you started on this journey. It also has tips for growing your church and small groups. It also shows you how to implement counseling into your ministry or start a new one all together. The author shares a lot of great advice and effectively leads you into starting a counseling ministry in your church and community. It is well researched and provides thorough information for a long lasting ministry of counseling.
If interested you can purchase the book here.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for an honest review from the author.