A paper submitted to
DR. STEVEN BROOKS
In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the course
september 23, 2012
Reference: “Pastors are also unique among counselors because of their social and symbolic roles. People approach pastors, therefore, with different expectations than those with other helping professionals.” (Benner, 33)
Reflection: This quote reminds me that having the position of a pastor gives one great responsibility both before man and God as a representative of God to people. Additionally, whether “fair” or not, people hold pastors to a higher standard because of the position.
Relocation: I hope and pray that as I continue to grow through this course and focus on my responsibilities that come with the position I must be willing to give of myself whole-heartedly to accomplish the task of helping to lead people into all that God would desire them to be. I understand that apart from the Holy Spirit I will not be effective in this ministry. Rather, I must be completely submitted to the Spirit and His leadership in order to be effective as a faithful minister and pastor to lead the sheep entrusted to him.
Reference: “Perspective came when I discovered that most people have within them the resources to effectively manage their own lives. While they momentarily may be upset and confused, with support and clarification, they will find their strengths and handle their lives. This belief helps me keep ownership of problems where it belongs.” (Petersen, 72)
Reflection: As a Christian counselor I have a responsibility not to “fix” people’s problems, but to help them see their problems in light of God’s Word and help guide them to a life that brings glory to God. It goes back to the thought of give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach him to fish feed him for a lifetime.
References: Benner, David G. 2003. Strategic pastoral counseling: a short-term structured model. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Cloud, Henry. 2004. 9 things you simply must do to succeed in love and life. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. Kollar, Charles Allen. 2011. Solution-focused pastoral counseling: an effective short-term approach for getting people back on track. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Petersen, James C. 2007. Why don’t we listen better? Portland, OR: Petersen Publishing.