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

Keeping our Counseling Biblical – Part Two

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

In the previous blog we addressed the tendency to drift from biblical counseling to pragmatism and attempts to help people in difficult seasons. I have found that having some reminders to keep me clear-headed and heart-focused in biblical counseling is essential to help keep my counsel biblical. Here are four more reminders that help me stay faithful to the practice of biblical counseling. Continue reading

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

A question I always want to ask of a book before I spend my time and currency on it is, “Why do you exist?” In a world of expansive publishing, why should I read this particular book on a given subject and not a different book that covers much of the same ground? While much has been written on topics frequently addressed by biblical counselors, Jeremy Pierre’s The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life treads upon ground that has remained relatively undisturbed by the heels of those in the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

The Importance of Questions in Biblical Counseling

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Our biblical counseling center provides training for those interested in learning how to provide intensive biblical discipleship counseling. In one module, our students are taught the nuts and bolts of how to conduct a biblical counseling session. They learn that we begin a counseling session by gathering data and getting information from the counselee. Before we can give any counsel, we must know the issues the counselee wants or needs to address (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17). Our counselees often bring the respectable problem out first. They want to know if we are trustworthy and knowledgeable before they bring the real problem to the table. The respectable problem and the “real” problem are not always one and the same! Continue reading

The Beauty of Mediation as a Ministry Tool

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

I want to be a Christ-like counselor, don’t you? Well, a chief characteristic of our Lord’s ministry was that he was a reconciler of others to his Father. He served as an intermediary who was willing to sacrifice so that our chief relationship could be made right. Wouldn’t it make sense that if we serve as intermediaries to help others get right with one another that we are being like our Savior? Continue reading

Handling the Nonstop Talker

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

You face the awkward dilemma in both informal helping conversations and formal counseling sessions: How can I engage my counselee who dominates each counseling conversation with nonstop talking? 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

Why Counselors Need Art

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

Some of our best preparation for counseling isn’t in reading counseling material, analyzing case studies or doing counseling observation. One way we can deepen our counseling well is by broadening our appreciation for art. Continue reading