Recognize Your Competence

Know Your Limits


God graciously equips His church in a variety of ways to care for the body of Christ. But that doesn't always mean every church has a professional counselor on call. What do pastors have at their disposal to counsel people who are struggling? In this post created in cooperation with the Association of Biblical Counselors, JR Vassar, Senior Pastor of Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas describes three crucial resources available to pastors and encourages church leaders to be honest about their limitations.


Where does your church stand in terms of its confidence over the sufficiency of Scripture to deal with people's struggles? To what extent do your convictions about the Bible shape your approach to counseling the congregation? In light of this video, what are some ways your church could mature in its perspective of the Bible's influence in counseling?
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JR mentioned three resources for spiritual care: the Holy Spirit, Scripture, and spiritual gifts. To what degree to these resources factor into your church's approach to counseling? How could they be made more central to your process? What practical effects would such a change have on your ministry, especially as it relates to encouraging your people in a more mature view of one another?
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While a local church has much to offer in terms of counseling, they all have limitations. In your experience, what have you identified as some of the limitations of your church? What were the circumstances that caused you to recognize them? How have your limitations informed your process for referring individuals to outside professional care?
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In the same way we restrict preaching to qualified individuals, churches must be serious about locating qualified counselors when certain situations arise. What qualities do you look for in a qualified counselor?
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What process do you have in place for outside referrals? Who have you partnered with to provide professional counseling in ways that align with your philosophy? In light of this discussion, what changes could you make to improve your process?
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God has not left His church helpless when it comes to counseling people. He has graciously given His Holy Spirit and Scripture along with specific spiritual gifts displayed throughout the body of Christ. Spend some time considering the strengths your congregation has to offer. Identify individuals whose spiritual gifts can help to improve your church's ability to counsel its people. In addition, be honest about your limitations and work towards partnering with like-minded organizations who can offer professional counseling to those in need of it.


To find out more about the Association of Biblical Counselors, click here