The need for pastoral Christian counseling is currently greater than ever before. According to a recent survey, an estimated 250 pastors leave the ministry each month. Because of this, the professionals at Restoration Counseling offer equip counseling services for current leaders of ministry and lay individuals who wish to become Christian counselors themselves. Continue reading to learn more about this service.
WHAT IS TRAINING COUNSELING?
Equip counseling is a preparation service. Through this form of counseling, our faith-based professionals can help equip or enhance ministry leaders with the much-needed virtues of patience and compassion required to lead a congregation. Equip counseling is also available for lay people who wish to become Christian counselors.
Training Counseling for Ministry Leaders
It can be difficult to keep professional boundaries when working in ministry or as a caretaker, and it seems as if everyone requires your assistance all the time. You are frequently caught up in other people’s deep sorrow and pain for long periods of time. This can cause extreme depression, anxiety, and at times burnout. But, do not be ashamed.
Churches are facing difficult times, as members are less dedicated than ever before. Political polarization is at its highest level ever, as are criticisms of pastors and church leaders. Despite it all, you are still a human being. You may still experience the ups and downs of life just like anyone else. Every month, we hear about ministers, missionaries, and church leaders who either resigned from their positions left their professions, or closed their churches.
Training Counseling For Ministry Addresses The Following:
What Are Lay Counselors
Non-clergy members of the church who have been trained by a group of
licensed/clinical professionals are referred to as lay counselors. They’re volunteers who have a spiritual calling to care for others and contribute their time to helping others as guided by their local church body. They’re similar to clinical counselors in that they usually meet with clients for an hour in a counseling office on a regular basis, maintain strict confidentiality, keep records and files on their patients, and receive regular supervision from a qualified professional.
Lay counseling with a church or Christian organization largely benefits both the congregation/members and the ministry leader. Benefits of lay counseling include: