Christian leaders, pastors, counselors, and educators are passionate about equipping God’s people for every-member-ministry. However, they’re tired of seeing great effort expended on “programs” that don’t launch, don’t last, or don’t result in leaving a legacy of loving leaders.
That’s why Dr. Bob Kellemen wrote Equipping Counselors for Your Church so leaders can implement a biblical, field-tested, best-practice approach to equipping God’s people for one another ministry. His “4E” ministry training strategy of envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and empowering godly ministers for one-another ministry is not another program, but a relational, biblical GPS that each ministry can use creatively in their unique setting.
Changing Lives with Christ’s Changeless Truth
Pastors are hungry for a comprehensive, real-world approach to equipping God’s people for the personal ministry of the Word—as biblical counselors, care-givers, spiritual friends, elders, deacons, small group leaders, disciplers, or mentors. Leaders want to change lives. However, for most church leaders, the training process can seem overwhelming—vision casting confusion, change management struggles, recruiting headaches, quality of care matters, training material questions, supervisory difficulties, legal issues, and other legitimate, complex concerns often derail the equipping process.
Equipping Counselors for Your Church assists leaders to equip people confidently, wisely, lovingly, and biblically. The book is like a personal conversation with a private consultant—coming alongside readers, walking step-by-step, hand-in-hand, to equip leaders to fulfill their Ephesians 4:11-16 calling to empower the Body of Christ to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth.
God’s people long to be unleashed and mobilized for the personal ministry of the Word. Increasingly, they are committed to doing the work of the ministry. God’s people want to change lives. They care, but they feel ill-equipped to care like Christ. They want to know what to do after the hug. They know the Bible says they are competent to counsel (Romans 15:14), but they also know that the Bible calls them to be equipped to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Equipping Counselors for Your Church seeks to launch a revolution in every-member ministry. The book’s 4E Ministry Training Strategy offers a 21st Century best-practice manual for Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed mobilization of the priesthood of all believers. It assists churches to become places not simply with biblical counseling ministries, but of biblical counseling. The goal is not the production of yet another program or yet another ministry on the sidelines. The goal is the promotion of a congregation-saturated mindset of every-member ministry with an entire congregation passionate about and equipped to make disciples.
Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4E Ministry Training Strategy
By Robert W. Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D., LCPC and P & R Publishing