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
|Contributor(s)||Bob Kellemen , Kevin Carson|
|About the Contributor(s)||Kevin Carson
Kevin Carson (Managing Editor) is the Pastor of the Sonrise BaptistChurch in Ozark, Missouri. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he serves as the department chair of biblical counseling at the Baptist Bible Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri. He also serves as a counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry, is ACBC Certified, a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, author, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats and seminars. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children.
|Publish Date||Nov 3, 2015|
- Review by HaroldSays
Biblical Counseling looks at Biblical/Christian Counseling through the lens of the Scriptures and not man’s faulty secular, humanistic, integrationist perspective (which is the mixing of the Word of God with worldly counsel and practices) to help people who struggle with emotional issues. Author Kellemen’s book is solidly Biblical and most helpful for those who are in some way involved or want to be involved in counseling others from the Scriptures. The 22 chapters of the book are written by different trained Christian leaders with proven experience in various areas and aspects of Biblical Counseling.
In the book, Biblical Counseling, the authors look at such issues as getting or having “A Vision For the Entire Church” regarding Biblical counseling and more – getting everyone in local church assemblies on board to disciple or “one another” each other effectively. The authors evaluate the dynamic of Biblical Counseling from the perspective of small group ministries within the local assembly. Several authors examine the issue of just how to properly equip biblical counselors for the work of the ministry – to the edification and building up of the saints. The book teaches that everyone in a local church assembly in some way or another should be involved in the ministry of counseling or encouraging one another to the end that the members of the church know how to live godly in this present evil age, overcoming sin, resolving conflict and dealing Biblically with emotional issues that are troublesome for many believers today. Many different personal illustrations and examples are shared by the authors throughout the book enabling us as the reader to see up close and personal how Biblical counseling is done and what the good outcome of it can be in the lives of the people who both provide the counseling as well as receive it.
If you want to learn how to be an effective Biblical counselor in your local assembly and community I highly recommend this book for you to read.
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