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Understand the Legal Landscape of Biblical Counseling
New resources for churches and counselors gives a comprehensive overview
of legal issues that could impact their biblical counseling ministry
Greensboro, NC—Is the church vulnerable to the pressures of governmental regulations regarding moral issues in counseling? How should biblical counselors navigate their responsibilities before God and government requirements? And what exactly are those requirements? As the culture’s hostility towards Christianity grows, churches and counseling ministries must prepare for when challenges arise. Being aware of potential challenges and being prepared for them frees the church to do ministry without fear.
In Legal Issues in Biblical Counseling: Direction and Help for Churches and Counselors (New Growth Press/September 19, 2022), pastors and biblical counselors who are seeking to faithfully lead, mentor, and guide their flocks in a rapidly changing cultural landscape will find clear direction and guidance from a team of Christian lawyers. Coeditors T. Dale Johnson Jr. and Edward Wilde, along with a host of experienced lawyers and biblical counselors, set out to give a comprehensive overview of legal issues that may impact a biblical counseling ministry.
“There are times pastors are hindered from engaging in counseling ministry because they fear making legal missteps,” Johnson explains. “We want to eliminate the fear of litigation that hinders churches from engaging in ministry. We also want to help churches maximize their preparation and documentation so that they do not encounter any unnecessary legal ramifications. Our goal is to encourage and equip pastors and church leaders so they can establish counseling ministries without fear of legal issues, should they arise.”
Legal Issues in Biblical Counseling explains the importance of involving legal counsel in creating ministry documents, setting up liability insurance, and counseling those involved in legal disputes, divorces, or criminal proceedings. Readers will also learn:
- How to communicate about their counseling ministry with clarity
- How to protect themselves and their counselees from litigation
- What to do in the face of a potential lawsuit.
Pastors and counselors will also find encouragement to press on in ministry with full trust in the Lord, knowing that he will care for his church and that the gospel will continue to move forward. An appendix at the end of the book also includes templates for forms counselors may need for their ministry.
Steve Viars, Senior Pastor of Faith Church in Lafayette, IN, writes, “A wonderful combination of biblical wisdom and legal experience, this book is a must-read for anyone hoping to start a biblical counseling ministry or those of us already engaged in such work. The team of writers has served the church well by discussing practical challenges and questions with a focus on real solutions that give hope and confidence to those seeking to provide biblical counseling services to their church and greater community.”