Pastoral Counseling Essay

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My Theology of pastoral Counseling The shepherd and sheep relationship is the best illustration for the relationship between pastor and parishioners. When Jesus asked Simon Peter does he love him three times and said to him “Feed my sheep”, the shepherd and flock relationship has been set. Since Jesus is our good shepherd (Jn. 10:11a), he laid out a good example for us to follow - to lay down his life for the sheep. (Jn. 10:11b) Thus, the wellness of both in and out of the parishioners should always be the concern in the pastors’ hearts. Soul care for the people is essential. Christian friendship is the foundation of Christian soul care. Pastoral ministry including preaching, teaching, and worship forms the broad context of pastoral counseling. Pastoral care is within pastoral ministry but broader than pastoral counseling. God’s love is the source and motivation. Within the pastoral care, there are spiritual direction and pastoral …show more content…

Jesus is the head of the church and he is the reason why we care and provide counseling. It is his command and passion to care. He can offer the rest (Matt. 11:28-30), guidance and protection because he is the good shepherd. (Ps. 23, Jn. 10:11) We serve in the God’s household, which is the church of loving God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15) We rely on the law of the Lord, which is perfect and refreshing the souls. (Ps. 19:7) God is the one truth source for the sorrow souls. For him, he is the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. (2 Co. 1:3) Our main goal is to present everyone fully mature in Christ. (Col. 1:28) we warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Th. 5:14-15) We pray for them (Jam. 5:13-16) and help them to recognize and repent for their sins. (Matt.

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