Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Richard Caemmerer

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 7:51; Luke 11:11-13; Matthew 7:3; John 5:6; Mark 11:27-32;


The purpose and intent of this thesis is not that it be an exhaustive treatise of the subject, which it is not, nor that it be a critical analysis of that which has been written on the subject, but rather that it set forth in clear review certain fundamental and basic definitions and principles of Pastoral Counseling, which when understood, will help to clarify the present seeming confusion. It is the author’s fond hope that in some small way this thesis may help to accomplish this result. To this end this thesis is an attempt to define Pastoral Counseling as distinct from counseling in general; to show that the preaching and counseling functions of the ministry are related and supplement each other, and that only one moral code is basic for both; to show why it is important that present-day pastors effect a sound counseling program in their parishes; to show why some pastors feel that their counseling relationship has been unsuccessful and what can be done to correct this feeling of inadequacy: to show that not one method of counseling by itself is the only correct method, but that rather a combination of the methods, suited to the needs of the counselee is the most effective; and to point out certain developed techniques (tools in the hands of the counselor), which, when mastered, are effective in the counseling relationship.

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