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April 1, 2020

Pastoral Counseling vs. Professional Counseling

By New Churches Team

As we think about the pastor as counselor, we want everything we do as pastors to result in the spiritual development and personal flourishing of the people under our care. This could be taken to mean that everything a pastor does is counseling. But it is helpful and appropriate to distinguish between things like one another care between members, general pastoral care, formal counseling, and professional counseling.

You must understand the basic categories, processes, and skills of serving as a pastoral counselor to best utilize your current level of awareness regarding any particular life struggle to your fullest pastoral potential.

A few concepts are necessary to understand the key differences between general pastoral care and formal pastoral counseling. Additionally, understanding these concepts equips you to shape the expectations with the individuals seeking counseling and navigate the personal relational dynamics that change when general pastoral care becomes formal pastoral counseling.

The first meeting is the most important meeting for counseling. In this meeting, expectations will be managed, struggles will be defined, and goals will be set. The density and intentionality of discussion in this first counseling appointment will set it apart from other casual conversations you may have had with this individual.

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