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Copy of pastoral counseling session 1 2010 a

  1. 1. Pastoral Counseling Session 1-A
  2. 2. Sharing Name and how would you describe yourself Type of ministry involved in Expectations from this class
  3. 3. Introduction Saundra L. Washington says, “ Perhaps our greatest weakness as ministers is that of counseling. It is an unavoidable responsibility that confronts us more often than we may desire… counseling is an integral , if not, inseparable part of pastoral care .”
  4. 4. Introduction The ministry of Pastoral Counseling is often in want because of the following 10 reasons: 1. Limited Understanding of what pastoral counseling is all about. 2. Poorly Trained in the area of effective pastoral counseling. 3. No Models to work with. 4. Lack of knowledge of the human nature
  5. 5. Introduction 5. Seen as Unnecessary Ministry in the church context (“waste of time”) 6. Overly emphasizing on the “spiritual” 7. Unfounded fear of the “secular” theories and approaches to counseling 8. The counselor is carrying a lot of extra baggage 9. Bad experience with counseling 10. Seen as too demanding to pursue
  6. 6. 1. Limited Understanding <ul><li>Not… </li></ul><ul><li>Sermonizing </li></ul><ul><li>Advice Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Dictating </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Over </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>Providing Insight </li></ul><ul><li>Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul><ul><li>Discerning </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Lack of training <ul><li>“ A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3. No Models <ul><li>Expert based vs. System based </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Human nature? <ul><li>“ Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water” </li></ul><ul><li>Know which one to Reject, Embrace, and Reflect on. </li></ul>
  10. 10. True Christianity must reflect what true Humanity is.
  11. 11. 5. Waste of time? <ul><li>The more tools we have, the better we can help. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 6. Emphasis on spiritual alone <ul><li>“ For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” Ephesians 6:12 </li></ul><ul><li>More than a spiritual being </li></ul>
  13. 13. 7. Fear of the secular <ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Humanism </li></ul><ul><li>Persona </li></ul><ul><li>Ego </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-conscious </li></ul>
  14. 14. 8. Extra baggage <ul><li>Colored lens </li></ul><ul><li>Prejudice and Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Subjectivity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rightness” and “Wrongness” </li></ul><ul><li>Due to unwanted experiences, traumas, and the stories we create. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 9. Bad experience <ul><li>“ The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping-stones is the way you use them” </li></ul>
  16. 16. 10. Too demanding/tiring <ul><li>Pastoral counseling is not a quick fix solution to people’s problem. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sharing How can my personal issues affect my effectivity in Pastoral Counseling?

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