III. The Framework or Ideal Setting of Pastoral Counseling
A. The general spiritual setting
Jay E. Adams, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1973), p. 12-13.
B. The specific physical setting
IV. The Goals of Pastoral Counseling
A. The proximate goal
B. The ultimate goal
V. A Suggested Method to be Employed in Pastoral Counseling
Introduction: This method follows the model of a “Physician of Souls.”
A. Accepting the case
B. Setting the tone
D. Treatment prescribed
Unit II: The Presuppositional Framework for Pastoral Counseling
1. All counseling has a Presuppositional Framework
1 Cor. 11:14
2. The Presuppositional Framework, both of the pastor and the one counseled, is constantly and powerfully active in all counseling.
I. The Presuppositions As They Relate to the COUNSELOR
A. We must possess a consciousness of our IDENTITY as overseers of the flock of God.
Heb. 13:7; 13:17
With the consciousness of this identity, two things should mark our interaction with our people when we are engaged in pastoral counseling:
1. Spiritual authority
1 Tim. 1:3; 4:11; 5:7; 6:13,17
1 Thes. 5:12
2. A Christ-like servanthood
2 Cor. 4:5
1 Cor. 9:19
2 Cor. 12:15
1 Thes. 2:7-8
Jay E. Adams, Competent to Counsel, (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1970), p. 78.
B. We must possess a consciousness of our identity as MEN who are still SINNERS.
2 Cor. 4:7
1 Cor. 15:10
1 Tim. 1:12-16