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Counseling Today: Standing on Jay Adams’ Shoulders

Standing On Jay's Shoulders

“I’m thinking about pursuing counselor training and had some questions about the process, as well as the type of training organization from which I should receive my training. The counseling movement has changed over the past fifty years. Would you be willing to speak to… Continue Reading …

When Your Leadership Does Not Model Transparency

They say there are no perfect churches. But what if that church is yours? How do you respond to a church that does not do community life well? What if the leaders are not setting the right example? Here are a few things to consider.… Continue Reading …

Dear Pastor, Do You Groan When You Think of Me?

What does your pastor think about when he thinks about you? Perhaps you belong to a larger church where your pastor does not know you. What does your small group leader think about when he thinks about you? Are you a joy to pastor? Listen… Continue Reading …

Three Characteristics of a Fantastic Local Church

The best local churches have values that are distinct from the culture, transforming to the community, and exportable to the next generation. If you are looking for a wonderful local church, make sure it has these five characteristics. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

The Main Thing to Look For When Looking For a Church

The local church is the most necessary sanctification context outside the home, which is why finding the right kind of church is essential. If you were to look for a local church, what would be the main thing? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

How Do You Leave Your Church?

Sometimes you just can’t stay at your local church. You have to leave. This is one of the gut-wrenching seasons in any God-loving Christian’s life. The good news is that there is a way to leave your church well. And there is a way to… Continue Reading …

Why Do You Attend Your Church?

One of the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself is why do you attend your local church. Your answer will be instructive and life-changing. So let me ask: Why do you attend your church? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Present But Not Accounted For

Case Study_ Present But Not Accounted For

The news of Biff and Mable’s daughter getting pregnant sent a shockwave of speculation through their local church. The pastors recommended marriage counseling, which you reluctantly agreed to do. After four weeks of intensive counseling, several things were becoming clear to you. Their 19-year marriage… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Counselees and the Local Church

Case Study_ Counselees and the Local Church

You are a Christian counselor in a parachurch organization. You receive requests from churches to counsel their members. Here are a few of those scenarios: You call a pastor to let him know that “one of his sheep” is seeking counsel from you. He says,… Continue Reading …

Case Study: I Can’t Connect With My Church

Case Study_ I Can't Connect with My Church

Sylvia’s mother says that her daughter has a hard time connecting with the people at her local church. The mom, Mrs. Avery, has called you to ask your advice on how to counsel her daughter. Sylvia has been married for 13 years and has been… Continue Reading …