Concordia Theological Monthly

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counseling, pastor, conflict, christian, congregation, parishioner

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Pastors are discovering today that the issue of pastoral counseling comes up repeatedly, both in their pastoral practice and in their study. A survey conducted several years ago revealed that of the people interviewed 42 percent indicated that they sought out a clergyman as their first source for help in an emotional crisis in their lives. Most pastors can attest readily to the reality of such a statistic. Day after day they are being sought out by people who find themselves in some kind of stress and are looking for help. In response to this demand pastors are becoming increasingly involved in seminars, workshops, and graduate courses in counseling. They are reading a rapidly expanding volume of literature in the area, some of it helpful and some misleading.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars