David Powlison

David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D. worked for four years in psychiatric hospitals, during which time he came to faith in Christ. He teaches at CCEF and edits The Journal of Biblical Counseling (soon to be re-launched online). He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the history of science and medicine, focusing on the history of psychiatry. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, and has been doing biblical counseling for over 30 years. He has written numerous articles on counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love, Seeing with New Eyes, Power Encounters, and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context.

David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Feb 25, 2015

Churches often contact CCEF asking how to establish a counseling ministry. Frequently they want a manual or step-by-step guide. But a wise answer to the “how to” question calls for a number of orienting conversations that precede the implementation of any program for offering counseling. “Ten Questions to Help You Establish Biblical Counseling Ministries in Your Church” is a talk I give for pastors and other ministry leaders. The ten questions are designed to help churches gain a better understanding of themselves and their context.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet, Paul David Tripp, Winston Smith  - Book  - Feb 06, 2015
Over the decades, the JBC has published more than 1000 articles. With so much content that explores ministry and life, it can be hard to know where to begin.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

The Q&A Panel with David Powlison and Ed Welch.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

General session 3 of the Anxiety conference.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

General session 2 of the Anxiety conference.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch  - Premium Resource  - Feb 03, 2015

We ​are ​stressed, ​anxious, ​preoccupied ​people. ​We ​have ​too ​much ​to ​do, ​and ​too ​little ​time ​and ​ability ​to ​do ​it ​all. ​When ​something ​is ​important ​to ​us—money, ​loved ​ones, ​responsibilities, ​possessions, ​success, ​reputation—we ​realize ​that ​we ​cannot ​control ​what ​happens. ​All ​those ​things ​are ​at ​risk. ​An ​undercurrent ​of ​stress ​becomes ​our ​daily ​companion. ​Perhaps ​underlying ​feelings ​of ​anxiousness ​even ​turn ​into ​panic ​attacks.

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David Powlison  - Video  - Dec 18, 2014

David Powlison sits down and talks about supporting the ministry of CCEF.

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Alasdair Groves, Brad Hambrick, David Powlison, Mike Emlet, Steve Midgley  - Premium Resource  - Dec 15, 2014

The complete digital issue (PDF) of JBC Volume 28, Number 3

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Dec 15, 2014

This toolbox article helps people identify a personal calling. Powlison asks a series of initial questions to help readers to discern a vocation within the kingdom. A second set of questions helps readers to recognize opportunities to use their vocation, specifically related to counseling ministry. Relatively few people identify themselves as “counselors,” but all of us counsel no matter what our vocation. Work through the article—and its two worksheets—for yourself or with a counselee.

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Dec 15, 2014

In a 2011 interview with Psychology Today, David Powlison was asked a series of questions about biblical counseling. This issue’s editorial centers around that interview. First, Powlison articulates a conscious strategy for redemptive engagement that shaped how he approached the opportunity. A reprint of the original interview follows. Powlison then reflects back on his answers, drawing out the particular biblical truths that came into play in the effort to present biblical counseling to this secular audience. 

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