Counseling

Pastoral Counseling

Some thoughts from me on what I would tell myself if I could give some wisdom to myself upon my ordination in 1999: Many people will come to you for counsel and advice.  Remember these few simple rules: 1.  You are a pastor, not a counselor.  The one class you took in seminary does not qualify you as counselor.  You have pastoral conversations with people.  Get a list of area counselors and refer people often. 2.  Shut up.  Listen.  Don’t…