Monday, 30 January 2012

Does Your Church Provide Pastoral/Counselling Care?

Having been helped immensely by the care infrastructure from my own Church, it kills me to see someone I love very much need professional help and the Church he is in just doesn't know how or where to start to provide it.

I think pastoral care is a primary responsibility of any Church.

Acts 20:28 ESV "Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood".

Sometimes the care from the NHS is too limited to resolve the issues and some individuals cannot afford private counselling.

This got me wondering if the majority of Church's have understood the need to support their congregation in this way, or if they are unaware of the needs and are neglecting their flock in this area.

I wonder if you would spare a minute to go to the  facebook question link, and if you are inclined, share the question with other Christian facebook friends. it would be interesting to find out a general idea of whether Church's are geared up for this or not.

It is really on my heart at the moment because of the close nature of the person who is needing help.


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  2. Our church does provide Biblical counselling when people need it. I think many people in pastoral care don't anymore, partly because they don't know how, and partly because psychiatry has taken over so much of it. I know of many books that address problems from a Biblical perspective, if I can help refer you or your friend to any do let me know. Also I wanted to let you know that I have passed a blog award on to you for being a blessing, no strings attached. You can view it here

    1. Thanks Rhoda, you don't happen to know of any Christian charities that work in the counselling/depression area do you?