Expertise and Experience Cannot Be Found in a Book

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

We can be very thankful for all the major biblical counseling books which have been translated into the German language and for the several training opportunities in biblical counseling here in my country. Two of the “main ingredients” to help the German church grow in this essential field of shepherding the human heart are pretty much in place. But there is something our country lacks when it comes to practicing biblical counseling, and that is expertise and experience. Continue reading

How to Look Beyond the Fault and See the Need

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

Isaiah the prophet called the coming Savior “Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6). Isn’t it astonishing that very few in the biblical counseling field have undertaken the effort to study the Wonderful Counselor as the master counselor? I was deeply struck and encouraged as I paid closer attention to our Lord and His way of dealing with people. Continue reading

We Are Not To Be Lazy!

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

The authority and power in the counseling process stems from the Word of God. Therefore any Biblical counselor has to work by the same high standards in interpreting the Word of God for the personal ministry of the Word as any faithful preacher would do for the public ministry of the Word. Continue reading

Are You Healthy?

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

How does Paul define spiritual health? How do you know that your inner man is really healthy? The Bible doesn’t separate what we learn from how we live or the truth from how we behave. This article investigates the question on how we define spiritual health and shows its meaning for discipleship and for our churches. Continue reading

Tracing God’s Story of Biblical Counseling in Germany and Switzerland

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

Recently, a number of pastors and church leaders from Germany and Switzerland were able to officially start a Network for Biblical Soul Care (NBS Netzwerk Biblische Seelsorge) following the example of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Read about how God used the personal stories of these men for His bigger story to equip the church in Germany and Switzerland in the area of biblical counseling. Continue reading