Case Study 11

Details – This is an integrity assignment; the Spirit will be your “supervisor” throughout this part of your program (though He is “supervising” you all the time). You can listen to this assignment, which can be completed while driving, walking, or some other activity. Upon completion of the listening part, complete the corresponding workbook. This workbook can function as a journal for you can keep and share with others.


Mable was clear when she called for counseling. Under no circumstances was her pastor to find out that she was seeking counseling for her situation. Her request for anonymity is not an unusual one for Christians in the church.

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Once upon a time, the pastor was the primary caregiver for the sheep God had charged him to serve. And the sheep were more than willing to seek out their shepherd to walk with them through the various trials. Today’s Christian is more like Mable.

The modern pastor and his church are on the margins while para-Church ministries have become the primary caregivers for those in trouble. Realizing that our ministry cannot be a long-term solution for hurting individuals, my hope is to help the Mable’s of the world to see, value, and pursue their local churches for long-term care.

While I don’t mind helping anyone in the short-term, I realize that Mable is just like me: she’s a Christian who will not overcome sin and suffering in this life entirely. We both need a long-term solution. God’s answer to this is the local church.

Case Study Questions

  1. Would you counsel Mable? Why or why not?
  2. Would you try to give her a vision for the local church as the long-term solution for care? Why or why not?
  3. Do you believe the local church is God’s answer to the sanctification needs of His people? Why or why not?