DEFINITION OF PASTORAL COUNSELING:
Pastoral counseling is distinct and separate from all other kinds of counseling. Pastoral counseling is both a specialized form of pastoral care and pastoral counseling. The goal for the pastoral counselor in his counseling is to-facilitate spiritual growth in the whole person.
Pastoral counseling involves the establishment of a brief and time-limited relationship that is structured to provide comfort for troubled persons by enhancing their awareness of God’s grace and faithful presence and thereby increasing their ability to live their lives more fully in the light of these realizations.
The Bible will be the primary but not the exclusive resource used in the counseling sessions (Psalm 119:9, 11, 24-25, 28, 42, 50; James 1:18; Romans 10:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Because the Holy Spirit is the Mighty Counselor and comforter there is hope in all circumstances. The Holy Spirit alone has the power to convict and to convince the counselee of his/her need for change (John 16:13a; Corinthians 3:17-18) but ultimately the decision to change is the counselee’s. For this reason it is imperative that the counselee truly consider the importance of receiving Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior. For it is in receiving the Lord Jesus Christ that one receives the Holy Spirit who is the true Counselor and Helper in this process (John 14:26).
All information discussed in counseling sessions are absolutely confidential and safe guarded between counselor and counselee except as mandated by law.
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