Lecture 7 – Setting of Pastoral Counseling

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III. The Framework or Ideal Setting of Pastoral Counseling

A. The general spiritual setting

Eph. 4:12-16

Jay E. Adams, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1973), p. 12-13.

B. The specific physical setting

1. Propriety

Rom. 13:14

Rom. 14:16

2. Compatibility

Mt. 7:12

Jn. 18:1

3. Privacy

Mt. 7:12

IV. The Goals of Pastoral Counseling

A. The proximate goal

Jn. 4:6-7

B. The ultimate goal

Col. 1:27-28

Rom. 12:2

Cor. 3:18

Rom. 8:13

Gal. 5:22-23

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

C. Diagnosis

D. Treatment prescribed

E. Follow-up

F. Dismissal

Unit II: The Presuppositional Framework for Pastoral Counseling


1. All counseling has a Presuppositional Framework


Rom. 12:2

1 Cor. 11:14

2. The Presuppositional Framework, both of the pastor and the one counseled, is constantly and powerfully active in all counseling.
Matt. 12:33-35

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

Tit. 2:15

1 Thes. 5:12

2. A Christ-like servanthood

Matt. 20:25-28

2 Cor. 4:5

1 Cor. 9:19

Eph. 5:29

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

Jer. 17:5

Jn. 15:5

Is. 2:22

1 Cor. 15:10

Heb. 5:1-2

1 Tim. 1:12-16

Tit. 3:1ff