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  • Caring For Families And Developmentally Delayed Children | Darby Strickland
    To care well for a family who has a child with developmental delays, the multitude of the gifts and skills of the body of Christ are needed. Here are practical ways the local church can minister to children with developmental delays and their families, followed by ways that people with specific positions in the church…
  • Five Counseling Myths in the Church | Ed Welch
    Pastoral care and counsel—that is what we are considering. It is the word counsel that leads to some confusion and differences of opinion. With that in mind, here are a few myths I have heard. 1. Counseling is for the professionals. 2. As a pastor, you don’t have time for counseling. 3. You can’t counsel…
  • Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges With Understanding and Strength | Mike Emlet
    This booklet will give you a framework to guide you as you care for someone with ongoing physical and mental problems. Although the specifics of providing care for stroke victims, Alzheimer’s sufferers, or those with bipolar disorder are very different, there are general principles you can apply to your situation that will help you to…
  • Helping “Difficult” People in Your Church | Tim Lane
    One of the most challenging aspects of pastoral ministry is dealing with difficult people. These are people who need help but seem to challenge you at every turn as you try to provide that help. How should the church respond and minister in these situations? Everyone has to relate to difficult people—and most of us…
  • Pastor: Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other | Ed Welch
    This lay ministry is an extraordinary happening. No longer do people need a special, though temporary anointing, to offer a prophetic word of direction and wisdom. Now we are part of the new covenant in which the Spirit has been given to all who have put their faith in Jesus. Lay ministry is one of…
  • Some Thoughts on How to Provide Long Term Pastoral Care (Part 1) | Tim Lane
    Are you facing a situation in your church that will require pastoral care over a long period of time? If you don’t have a situation like that now – you will in the future. Are you ready for it? Caring for people in the local church is challenging work. As a pastor, I remember numerous…
  • Some Thoughts on How to Provide Long Term Pastoral Care (Part 2) | Tim Lane
    No church is perfect but a prepared church will respond better when these difficult problems come. Though many will volunteer to help out in an immediate crisis, it is the long term needs that strain the resources of the church and reveal its weaknesses. To keep love constant is a challenge but Christ calls us…
  • Ten Questions to Help You Establish Biblical Counseling Ministries in Your Church | David Powlison
    Churches often contact CCEF asking how to establish a counseling ministry. Frequently they want a manual or step-by-step guide. But a wise answer to the “how to” question calls for a number of orienting conversations that precede the implementation of any program for offering counseling. “Ten Questions to Help You Establish Biblical Counseling Ministries in…