Plan to Get Hope During the First Counseling Session

Ken Long

Ken Long

When starting with a new counselee, the first session is a most important one for both counselor and counselee. A wise counselor once said, “When you start, have in mind how you want to finish.” For us as biblical counselors, we desire that there will be God-like change in the heart of our counselee. This kind of change points to the glory of our God, 1 Corinthians 10:31, and is good for the counselee, Hebrews 5:14. Even in the first session, we should have clearly in mind the goal that we would like for the counseling. Continue reading

How to Find Just the Right Resource for Helping a Friend in Need

Ken Long

Ken Long

One of the most common questions shared among counselors is, “Do you have a good resource for helping someone dealing with….?” In fact, a good friend just asked me for a reference dealing with homosexuality. This is just an example of the many biblical counseling topics for which we ask one another to recommend helpful resources. Continue reading

Do My Homework Assignments Rely on the Holy Spirit for Change?

Ken Long

Ken Long

In October, the reading of a BCC blog caused me to critically reexamine my counseling. “The Holy Spirit in Counseling: Our Great Advantage that is Often Overlooked” by Lee Lewis, pressed readers to make sure we were not “minimizing our need for the Holy Spirit” in our counseling. I admitted that my counseling has room for improvement but certainly not in this area! I distinctly remember the second chapter in Jay Adam’s Competent to Counsel entitled “The Holy Spirit and Counseling.” That’s good, but am I practicing what is in the chapter? Continue reading

Finishing our Course with Joy

Ken Long

Ken Long

I am at the age when a number of my friends are retiring. They have worked faithfully at their vocations for decades. But their bodies are showing signs of aging, and their minds are not as sharp as they use to be. As they transition to retirement, they are stepping out of roles to which they gave their strongest years. Now they find themselves with time along with an adequate body and mind to devote to something new. These Christians are entering this next phase asking, “What does God want me to do now?” Continue reading

Serving God in Retirement

Ken Long

Ken Long

A purpose for this conversation is to consider biblically what God may want for each of us as we think about and plan for our retirement. May this help us to counsel others and ourselves better. Continue reading

A Bible Reading Plan for the Counselee (and Me)

Ken Long

Ken Long

A challenge with regard to Bible reading comes toward the closing of the counseling process. During the counseling, you have been most diligent in assigning Bible reading “Projects for Growth” (also known as “Homework,” but only kids do homework). But now what will the counselee do for Bible reading for the rest of their lives? Continue reading

“What’s in Your Training Plan?”

Ken Long

Ken Long

If you watched any of the “March Madness” college basketball, you are familiar with this advertising line, “What’s in your wallet?” For us today, let’s change that line slightly to, “What’s in your training?” Let’s talk together about some plans for instruction. Continue reading

The One Primary Purpose of Small Group Ministry

Ken Long

Ken Long

Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry - The One Primary Purpose of Small Group Ministry

You’re reading the second of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry. These posts help us to ponder the intersection of one-another ministry through biblical counseling and one-another ministry through small group community. You will also find posts in this series by Lee Lewis, Garrett Higbee, and Mike Wilkerson. In today’s post, Pastor Ken Long explores the purpose of small group ministry. Continue reading