If you neglect to teach your people biblical application you have failed to shepherd the flock adequately.
I want to argue that there are distinct advantages to doing specialized counseling in the context of one’s local church, and I would even propose that it should be the norm.
Every Christian should either be discipling someone else, be discipled by someone else, or be doing both.
By equipping your members to counsel one another, you enable them to do the front-line work of ministry. Here are twenty ways to cultivate a culture of counseling and discipleship in your church.