Counseling is an excellent service and much-needed ministry that many churches offer to their congregation and local community. Some churches allow only pastors to counsel, others provide staff and volunteers to help others. Counseling, however, is a ministry with many risks and legal concerns that should be considered by all who participate in such a ministry. If your church has a counseling program or is planning to launch one, use this material to protect and build a healthy ministry.
Counseling Risks 101
Offering counsel is a valuable ministry, but it doesn’t come without its dangers.
Why Your Church Needs Counseling Policies
One case illustrates why you need to be proactive in your counseling procedures.
Assess Your Risk
Determine how serious the risks of your counseling ministry are to your church.
Reducing the Risk of Counseling
Avoid accusations of misconduct with these steps.
Protecting Your Ministry
Five ways to safeguard your counseling services.
Books and resources to build up your church’s counseling practice.