A Note From The Bishop:
It is the opinion of this Bishop that ministers need to do more in the way of offering counseling to those that need–at the very least–an attentive ear. Far too many are seeking the help of “professionals” when someone who knows more about them, such as their minister, might do a much better job. There is a growing number of observers critical of modern psychology, which at least appears–to be ground more in opinion than in Science. This is not an indictment of the entire mental health field, but simply a rhetorical question in that might a minister better serve people in many if not most cases in which “just talking about it” seems to be the primary solution?
7 Reasons Many Pastors Avoid Counseling
I recently conducted an unscientific but revealing social media poll. I asked pastors to share with me what aspects of pastoral ministry they enjoyed the most.
Counseling was listed last, at least indicating it was their least favorite aspect of ministry. So, I went back to these pastors and asked a follow-up question. I wanted to know why so many pastors were avoiding counseling ministries today. Their responses were clear and consistent:
1. Not qualified. In many ways, this response overlaps some of the others. The pastors told us they have not been trained in counseling.
2. Concerned about liabilities.[…] Continue reading