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EP 92: How Much Counseling Should You Do?

EP 92: How Much Counseling Should You Do?

Many pastors spend quite a few hours counseling individuals and couples. How much counseling should you do? Some pastors do a lot; some very little. Is there a right balance? First of all, what is counseling all about? Typically, we are approached in our professional capacity by someone in or out of our congregation to spend an hour of time giving guidance to an individual or couple. The aim of counseling is to help them overcome a problem or challenge that has impeded their spiritual progress in some way. Most pastors engage in counseling in some form or another. When people come for prayer at the altar, pastors sometimes do a very limited amount of counseling right there before praying for them. Others block out a specific day in which people make appointments similar to psychologists or therapists and charge by the hour.  Still others counsel for free as part of their job as the church minister. Second then is a key question: Is counseling effective. In other words, does it actually