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5 Times A Pastor Should Refer A Counselee

Pastoral counseling is an important of pastoral care. However, there are times when the pastor should not deal with a problem (or should not deal with it on his or her own). Sometimes the problem is just too difficult for the pastor to deal with, and other times there is doubt as to whether the pastor has the skill set to solve the problem. Here are 5 times when it is perfectly okay for a pastor to refer to someone more specialized than him or her:

1. When the Problem is Beyond His or Her Level of Expertise

Pastors need to know and understand their limits. If an individual comes to a pastor for psychiatric help, the odds are that the pastor does not have sufficient training to help that individual. It is in the person's best interest to be referred to a trained psychiatrist who can help that individual through his or her problem. A pastor who has his or her flock's best interest in mind will recognize this and act accordingly. Furthermore, the wise pastor will know his or her …
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50th Post

So, this is the 50th post I have written for this blog. I think that this would be a good time to look back on my favorite posts so far. Here are my five favorite posts that I have written for this blog to date:

5. On The Trinity

One of the early posts that I wrote was entitled On The Trinity. This post was an overview of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. It was not exactly a polemic, but it was not exactly without polemic, either. It was basically an explanation of a difficult doctrine, including the biblical foundation for this doctrine. There are several heretical groups that deny the Trinity, and this post hopefully served to clear up any misunderstandings about the doctrine.

4. Jesus Loves You (A Poem)

This post was a poem that I wrote quite a while back. One night, I started writing, and I wanted a way to convey God's love to those who read what I wrote. After some time, and some reflection, this poem was the end result. I hope that, as you read it, you realize how much G…

What I Am Studying Now

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know what is ahead. If you have read my post about why I have been away, you know that I am studying areas other than apologetics for at least a little while. I wanted to write a post to let you know what areas you can expect me to post about in the near future.

1. Stewardship

Some of you may have already seen my posts on stewardship and church fundraising. I also plan to post more about stewardship, both corporate and individual, in the near future. I especially want to post about these things because I know this is a difficult area for many people.

2. Pastoral Care and Counseling

This is an area that I have been reading in, and I feel like I have only scratched the surface. In effective pastoral care, even the laity should be involved in providing care and comfort. One purpose of the posts in this area will be to help equip anyone who is willing to work in this area to serve in this area. Of course, this blog is not the only resource you…

Thank You (10,000 Views)

I just wanted to drop a note and thank everyone for helping me achieve 10,000 views for this blog. It seems like just yesterday that I started it. I appreciate each and every one of you who have helped make this a reality. Thank you!

5 Principles of Good Stewardship

When you hear the word "stewardship," what do you immediately think of? Many of us think of how we handle our finances. While this is part of what stewardship means, there is far more to it than that. Stewardship involves not only managing our finances, but our gifts and talents, as well. There are several principles of stewardship that Christians can (and should) follow. Here are 5 simple principles:

1. Everything Belongs to God.

James Berkley makes this point clear in his book The Dynamics of Church Finance by writing, "Everything belongs to God. That is the perfect place to start whenever we think of money and how we use it in churches........Everything. Not 10 percent. Everything" (1) This applies not only to money, however. It applies to your gifts and talents. Everything we have is a gift from God. It belongs to Him. Our wallets belong to Him. Our time belongs to Him. Our best efforts belong to Him. The list goes on and on. Berkley is right, this is the perfe…

God's Vocabulary: A Response to Warren Wiersbe

Recently, I have started reading and studying Warren Wiersbe's commentaries on the Bible. I highly recommend them. There are times, however, when I find myself disagreeing (or possibly misunderstanding) his position in a particular area. One such area has been in the way that he addresses the issue of creation in his commentary on Genesis 1-11. He writes, "The word 'day' can refer to the portion of time when the sun is visible as well as to the whole period of twenty-four hours composed of 'evening and morning' (Gen. 1:5) Sometimes biblical writers used 'day' to describe a longer period of time in which God accomplishes some special purpose.......When we speak about spiritual things, it's important that we use God's dictionary as well as His vocabulary. Words carry meaning and giving the wrong meaning to a word could lead to serious trouble"(1) It appears that Wiersbe is implying that those who do not view this as a 24-hour period or an a…

7 Ways To Raise Money For Your Church

Financial realities hit everyone and every organization. The church is not exempt from this. So what can you do if you find your church struggling to make ends meet? Here are some suggestions:

1. Tithing

At first, this may seem like an obvious answer, but tithing is a biblical principle that, if followed, should provide more than enough funding for any church. The problem is that only an estimated 4% of those who identify as "born again" donate 10% or more to the church. This does not mean that the other 96% aren't giving anything, or that this statistic is true across every denomination. It simply means that, on average, the average Christian is not following through on the biblical principle of tithing, which creates financial problems for the church.

What can church leaders do about this negative statistic? In order to encourage more individuals to follow the biblical principle of the tithe, pastors must not avoid preaching on this subject from the pulpit. In addition…