Making Christian Counseling More Christ-Centered - August 6-8.
Many LCMS pastors and church leaders realize that much of what passes for "Christian counseling is based in the Law and not the Gospel of Christ. Walther actually said that properly dividing Law and Gospel in "private ministrations with people is more difficult than in preaching and teaching.
How can Lutheran pastors and other counselors better learn to properly distinguish Law and Gospel in counseling situations and apply the Gospel as antidote where it is needed? How can Lutheran pastors better equip the non-Lutheran Christian counselors they refer parishioners to with these critically important concepts? When should a Lutheran pastor refer a parishioner to a mental health specialist, perhaps even a non-Christian one, when the expertise needed falls into the "Left Hand Kingdom?
These and other complicated pastoral care questions will be addressed in hopes that the learners will become more confident and effective in their care of the souls entrusted to them.
(Dr. Rick Marrs, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Faculty, Licensed Psychologist).
Workshop begins on Monday at 1 p.m. and concludes on Wednesday at 12 noon. Evenings are free. Reservation deadline: July 16
Bethany Lutheran Church
9101 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66207
Rev. Bryan Drebes