Pastoral Care

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Nov 03, 2011

There are only two correct responses to this question.

- “Why do you ask?” and
- “It sounds like things are really hard for you. Please tell me what’s happening.”

We are allowed minor variations on these, but do not say this: “Suicide is not the unpardonable sin. If we think that suicide is immune to the cleansing blood of Christ we have misunderstood the extent of redemption.”

This might be theologically correct; it is pastorally abysmal.

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David Powlison  - Web Article  - Nov 30, 2009

David Powlison & worship leader Bob Kauflin chat about the similar roles of a worship leader and a Christian counselor during a break at the 2009 CCEF National Convention.

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Tim Lane  - Podcast  - Nov 04, 2009

Recently former CCEF Executive Director Tim Lane and his wife Barbara traveled to Montreal, Canada, to share CCEF's "How People Change" curriculum with over 500 people at SEMBEQ Seminary in that city. SEMBEQ has formed a partnership with CCEF to assist in their mission of training pastors with a zeal for church planting. The seminary intentionally partners with local churches, and much of the seminarians' training takes place "on the job" in those churches.

During their visit, Tim and Barbara sat down with Francois Turcotte & Francois Picard, two of SEMBEQ's leaders, to discuss their unique vision and mission, as well as how CCEF's teaching ministry has become an indispensible part of the training they offer. This podcast is taken from that conversation.

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Tim Lane  - Web Article  - Sep 28, 2009

Are you facing a situation in your church that will require pastoral care over a long period of time? If you don’t have a situation like that now – you will in the future. Are you ready for it?

In part 1 of this article, Tim Lane recommended that churches respond to long term pastoral care needs by forming a small group to provide and supervise care. Here in part 2 he continues to describe how that care group should function and suggests a couple books on the subject that you might find helpful.

If you haven’t read part 1 click here.

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Tim Lane  - Blog Post  - Sep 08, 2009

Guidance For Churches Seeking Outside Help for Counseling

Last week, I laid out four reasons a church should counsel as part of their ministry to their members and as a result, some of you might think that I am implying that a local church should not seek the assistance of “outside” help. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let me nuance my strong commitment for the local church to do counseling with the following qualifications.

Don’t Outsource By Default: There is nothing unbiblical about seeking outside assistance. But just because you feel overwhelmed by a counseling opportunity, don’t immediately think you must outsource your care. When a church immediately out-sources counseling it misses the opportunity to grow both individually and as a community.

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Tim Lane  - Blog Post  - Sep 03, 2009

Why should a local church and its leaders seek to incorporate counseling within the context of the local church?  After all, won’t that distract the church from being truly missional and instead become insular and self-focused? Shouldn’t counseling be left to the professionals who are highly trained to deal with people’s problems? These are all good questions that deserve an answer. In this first post I will argue for why the church should counsel. I the next post, I will give guidance for how a church should think about accessing outside help.

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Tim Lane  - Web Article  - Aug 22, 2009

Are you facing a situation in your church that will require pastoral care over a long period of time? If you don’t have a situation like that now – you will in the future. Are you ready for it?

Caring for people in the local church is challenging work. As a pastor, I remember numerous occasions where a need for long term care arose. These were always challenging situations and ones that caught the church by surprise. Over the span of a decade, though, I began to see some pretty obvious things that were essential for providing good long term care. I compiled these ideas into a chapter for my doctoral thesisi which I have updated to publish here. I must say that I learned these things simply by watching brothers and sisters in Christ pour out their lives in sacrificial love to friends and loved ones who were in need. Perhaps it will help you to prepare for the pastoral care demands that will come your way sooner or later.

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Mark Driscoll  - Podcast  - Jun 22, 2009

This week's extended-length podcast is from the 2008 CCEF National Conference.

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