How does a person learn to counsel others with the truth of God’s Word? Bob Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community.
Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:
- Sustaining: “It’s Normal to Hurt.”
- Healing: “It’s Possible to Hope.”
- Reconciling: “It’s Horrible to Sin, but Wonderful to Be Forgiven.”
- Guiding: “It’s Supernatural to Mature.”
These four compass points combine to equip readers to develop twenty-two ministry relational competencies—the “how to” of caring like Christ. This book serves as a practical training manual that can be used for lab and small group interaction.
Gospel Conversations is the second volume in The Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.
|Contributor(s)||Robert W. Kellemen|
|About the Contributor(s)||Robert W. Kellemen
Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. Bob has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary (Maryland). He is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.
|Publish Date||Sep 1, 2015|
|Series||Equipping Biblical Counselors|
- Review by Joe
The principle behind this book is summarized in the introduction (the author provides a "Twitter-size" summary of each chapter lesson): "We learn to become competent biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real and raw Christian community." The idea is that in order to care like Christ, we must as Christians be involved in one another's lives, which not only allows us to learn how to counsel but also provides an environment where we can work through issues in our own lives (after all, none of us is perfect, but think about how many people in positions of leadership you have met that like to pretend they are perfect).
There are twenty-one competencies divided into four main categories: Sustaining (GRACE), Healing (RESTS), Reconciling (PEACEE), and Guiding (FAITH) Relational Competencies. With spiritual conversation guides, counseling examples, and hefty doses of Scripture scattered throughout the pages, the author sets out to demonstrate that the biblical counselor is seeking more than a quick fix to an emotional problem. Even though "Relational Competence" still doesn't quite suit the author, he finds it a better description than "skills," "techniques," or "methods," especially when carefully defined: "Relational competence is our ability -- given by grace and cultivated by our dependence on the Spirit -- to express the character of Christ in our relationships with people so they experience our love as a small taste of Christ's grace and are changed by His grace."
I am looking forward to taking a significant block of time to go through this book and seriously work through the exercises that I might be better equipped to provide counsel if/when the opportunity presents itself. I am also looking forward to reading Gospel-Centered Counseling in the near future. (Posted on 11/7/2015)
You may also be interested in the following product(s)
Regular Price: $18.99
Special Price $11.39