Preaching vs. Counseling

Preaching vs. Counseling

There is a difference between preaching and counseling. However, sometimes in the midst of counseling someone, it’s difficult not to be preachy because some of us are wired that way. Our bias towards action compels us to dispense solutions and fix problems, rather than to simply be an attentive listener and provide some counsel.

Counseling is not something they teach you in seminary. At least not when I was attending.  Perhaps these are courses that will be helpful for future pastors working in the churches.  We are dealing with more mental, emotional and spiritual issues in our ministries and it will benefit us all if we were prepared to respond thru proper training and equipping.

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Sarah Vanek

about 3 years ago

Hey Scott! I would love to hear more about HOW we can work on counseling others, instead of preaching to them. I'm one of those people who always try to "dispense solutions and fix problems" because I want to see people change. How do we know what approach to take, and what are some ways in which we can counsel instead of preach in those situations? Would love to see another post on this!

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Scott Kim

about 3 years ago

Hey Sarah! Great question and I can definitely write a part 2 to this post. I struggle with the art of listening and want to dispense solutions as well. But I think counseling and guiding someone to discover their own path to health and restoration is so much more effective. It may take more patience and time but in the end, guiding the individual rather than telling them what to do is what makes lasting change.

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