Why should the church be interested in counseling? The word “counseling” does not appear in the Bible. Combine that with the fact that churches often outsource counseling, and it becomes easy to draw the conclusion that the Bible is not really that interested in counseling. I have often heard the argument, “The Bible is not a textbook on counseling.“ So how can the body of Christ be persuaded that we have a mandate to do counseling?
Thank you to Paul Tautges who interviewed me in December 2012. This blog represents a further development of the ideas we talked about.