David Powlison on “The Pastor As Counselor”

I really enjoyed David Powlison’s chapter, “The Pastor As Counselor,” in For the Fame of God’s Name.  Here are some excerpts from his contribution:

All Christians are meant to become wiser counselors.  God intends that every word you ever say to anyone is actively constructive in content, intention, tone, and appropriateness (Eph 4:29).” 

“Counseling is not essentially a technical enterprise calling for technical expertise.  It is a relational and pastoral enterprise engaging in care and cure of the soul.” 

“God has chosen to impose his values on the entire universe….On the last day, every knee bows to God’s values.”

“In your preparation and testing to become a pastor, perhaps no one ever said that firsthand understanding of people and firsthand skill in counseling are essential aspects of your pastoral calling.”

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