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Gospel Conversations

How to Care Like Christ
Format: Paperback

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In Gospel Conversations, part of the Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, Bob Kellemen explores the four compass-points that guide 22 essential biblical counseling skills, providing a comprehensive approach to caring like Christ.

How does a person learn to counsel others with the truth of God’s Word? Bob Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community.

Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:

  • Sustaining: “It’s Normal to Hurt.”
  • Healing: “It’s Possible to Hope.”
  • Reconciling: “It’s Horrible to Sin, but Wonderful to Be Forgiven.”
  • Guiding: “It’s Supernatural to Mature.”

These four compass points combine to equip readers to develop twenty-two ministry relational competencies—the “how to” of caring like Christ. This book serves as a practical training manual that can be used for lab and small group interaction.

Gospel Conversations is the second volume in The Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.

Contributor(s) Robert W. Kellemen
About the Contributor(s) Robert W. Kellemen

Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries.  Bob has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary (Maryland).  He is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.

UPC 025986516154
ISBN-10 0310516153
ISBN-13 9780310516156
Release Date Sep 1, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4600
Height 9.13
Width 7.38
Length 400
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $18.99
Series Equipping Biblical Counselors
Format Paperback
Features Maps/Charts
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Joe
Overall Rating
This book is a textbook on counseling and can be a tremendous resource to guide the Christian in counseling practices. It is also a training manual, and while it can be read by an individual it would be better implemented in a group. This book is not intended to be plowed through quickly, yet the timeframe for reviewing it made that a necessity.

The principle behind this book is summarized in the introduction (the author provides a "Twitter-size" summary of each chapter lesson): "We learn to become competent biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real and raw Christian community." The idea is that in order to care like Christ, we must as Christians be involved in one another's lives, which not only allows us to learn how to counsel but also provides an environment where we can work through issues in our own lives (after all, none of us is perfect, but think about how many people in positions of leadership you have met that like to pretend they are perfect).

There are twenty-one competencies divided into four main categories: Sustaining (GRACE), Healing (RESTS), Reconciling (PEACEE), and Guiding (FAITH) Relational Competencies. With spiritual conversation guides, counseling examples, and hefty doses of Scripture scattered throughout the pages, the author sets out to demonstrate that the biblical counselor is seeking more than a quick fix to an emotional problem. Even though "Relational Competence" still doesn't quite suit the author, he finds it a better description than "skills," "techniques," or "methods," especially when carefully defined: "Relational competence is our ability -- given by grace and cultivated by our dependence on the Spirit -- to express the character of Christ in our relationships with people so they experience our love as a small taste of Christ's grace and are changed by His grace."

I am looking forward to taking a significant block of time to go through this book and seriously work through the exercises that I might be better equipped to provide counsel if/when the opportunity presents itself. I am also looking forward to reading Gospel-Centered Counseling in the near future. (Posted on 11/7/2015)

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