As we know, the one qualification that separates elders from other roles in the church is that they be “able to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2).
Just what is “biblical counseling” anyway?
When we live as children of light, we live a persuasive lifestyle that gets the attention of the non-Christian.
Love is largely local. And the local congregation, then, is the place which claims to display this love for all the world to see.
Future pastors aren’t built in a day.
Fear of man isn’t the only issue pastors face, but it’s a huge one and will have an outsized impact on the faithfulness and shape of their ministry.
Pastors of today can rescue the church of God by responsibly and passionately training young men for the ministry.
A pastor can recognize the necessity of a healthy devotional life, but have unhealthy motives for making sure that it happens.
In discipling somone, I am doing nothing more than pursuing the same line of questioning and reasoning that I myself need.
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.
In my counseling training, I began to see that the Scriptures provide this overarching view to any problem of life.
People are willing to pay money to others who will never lead them to the Savior of the World. But that must change.
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.