Know Your Limits

Teacher or Counselor?

Ministry can be overwhelming, and leaders can begin to feel responsible for all help and healing. What’s the real value in referring people to counseling professionals, though? In this post created in cooperation with the Association of Biblical Counselors, author and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin talks about how knowing your limits in ministry can grow and strengthen the body of Christ.   

Jen Wilkin blogs and teaches the Bible regularly. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds and None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing).  

Jen said that because she’s often on a platform speaking God’s Word, people assume she can handle every kind of ministry. Have you ever felt that way?
Log In to Continue

Jen also said that it’s a beautiful place in ministry when you realize “it’s not all on you.” Do you feel like you’ve reached that place in your personal ministry yet? (You can be honest.) If so, what helped you get there? If not, what’s holding you back?
Log In to Continue

Jen talked about the importance of having a lot of different relationships outside of your personal ministry so that you can easily and confidently refer women to their care. Do you have these relationships yet? If so, what are they, and how are they helpful? If not, what kinds of relationships do you feel like you should build in order to widen your network of connections? What kind of counseling connections in particular should you form?
Log In to Continue

What danger is there to not having outside help in ministry? What could potentially happen if you bear all the responsibility for help and healing?
Log In to Continue

Jen said the most loving thing we can do for people who are hurting is refer them to the most qualified people for help. Do you agree with her? Why or why not? What makes sense about what she has to say? What makes referral loving?
Log In to Continue

Ultimately, a referral is a loving and selfless way to serve because it empowers others to experience the joy of helping and also provides the best care possible for the person who is hurting. As you continue on in ministry, be intentional in creating relationships with people you know can bless and help others in ways you can’t. The body of Christ is wide and vast and full of all kinds of gifts the Lord wants to use for the good of His people.  

You can find more on counseling women from Jen in the course Women Helping Women 

To learn more about The Association of Biblical Counselors, click here.