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.
Counseling in the Church
It's easy to critique pastors who are fixated on "numbers." But what's the root issue there, and where does it show up in my heart?
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.
People are willing to pay money to others who will never lead them to the Savior of the World. But that must change.
When we live as children of light, we live a persuasive lifestyle that gets the attention of the non-Christian.
In my counseling training, I began to see that the Scriptures provide this overarching view to any problem of life.
I think one of the ways churches should work against the threat of pornography, very simply, is to start talking about it.
Are psychiatric medications sinful? Are they wise? Are they wrong? How should we view such things?
Sider, Olson, and Unruh seem to think that the mission of the church is to do all it can to evangelize, meet people's needs, and transform society.
What he doesn't do, however, is consider the Bible's framework for understanding the purposes of the church and mandate for spreading the gospel.
Frank Page wants to do nothing less than save struggling, shrinking churches everywhere.