Pastors can help people face reality
and be responsible.
We can help them to find practical solutions
to their problems.
We can help them by developing a learned
observation and by insight that God
will give us, and them to understand
how they are relating to others,
and how they may need to change
in order to be more adult and mature.
In pastoral counseling, the pastor as
counselor is concerned with spiritual
In other types of counseling the spiritual
aspect is often totally ignored.
The pastor is also concerned with
He is also aware that physical problems
may be contributing to a spiritual
or psychological problem.
Pastoral counselors can use some practical
techniques to recognize psychological
and spiritual problems.
Isaiah 50:4: "The Lord God hath given me
the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak
a word in season to him that it is weary."
These words are so fitting for pastors
who are counseling.