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Minister's Toolbox was created for the pastor or minister who serves their church and community each day. Church work can be challenging, so we provide some tools you'll need to succeed. Each week, Minister's Toolbox address practical topics that are seldom discussed. In addition, we interview ministers from time to time who share insights about how they overcame challenges to enjoy what they do.
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EP 92: How Much Counseling Should You Do?
6 days ago
Many pastors spend quite a few hours counseling individuals and couples. How much counseling should you do? Some pastors do a lot; some very little. Is there a right balance? First of all, what is counseling all about? Typically, we are approached in our professional capacity by someone in or out of our congregation to spend an hour of time giving guidance to an individual or couple. The aim of counseling is to help them overcome a problem or challenge that has impeded their spiritual progress in some way. Most pastors engage in counseling in some form or another. When people come for prayer at the altar, pastors sometimes do a very limited amount of counseling right there before praying for them. Others block out a specific day in which people make appointments similar to psychologists or therapists and charge by the hour. Still others counsel for free as part of their job as the church minister. Second then is a key question: Is counseling effective. In other words, does it actually produce life change in the counselee? Hollywood stars by and large all have therapists who are professionally trained counselors. Celebrities spend enormous amounts of time through many years receiving counseling. Based on the results, I am not sure the therapy actually produces anything, but most of these icons swear by it. In some cases, the professions of psychiatrist and psychologist are seemingly designed to continue for several years. The person who is being counseled decides when enough is enough. I’m pretty sure that as spiritual leaders we don’t want that scenario. Our goal is life-change and ultimately we want to reduce a person’s dependence on us and shift it towards God. If you have a reasonably good sense of humor, you owe it to yourself to click the link. The comedian Bob Newhart did a bit years ago that is frankly hysterical. Here is the reality of what we are dealing with in today’s world. People come to us with addictions to alcohol, drugs and sometimes mental disorders. Not all of these can be cured with a single counseling session and oftentimes do require extensive work. Should a pastor take up that mantel? I would say that unless this is a call upon your life and you have the accredited training, this kind of counseling should be farmed out to someone better qualified. By better qualified, I also would