Lynelle Buchanan was our speaker for the February Seminary Wives Fellowship meeting. Lynelle is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Counseling Department at Baptist Bible College. She shared with us a detailed overview of Biblical Counseling and some personal experiences related to life in the ministry. Although there was a lot of ground to cover, she supplied helpful handouts* that walk through the concept and application of this very important and helpful topic. She knows that sometimes the wives of ministry leaders are expected to fill areas of ministry that we were often not expecting; this can include counseling within the church.
Lynelle offered her definition of Biblical counseling as:
“One person helping another apply the Word of God to the situations of his/her life. This would include both transformed thinking and changed behavior enabled by the Holy Spirit to conform the individual to the image of Jesus Christ.”
One of her key thoughts in the discussion was that we, the counselor and the counselee, are “in the same boat.” We are to come alongside one another in our areas of strength and weakness and build one another up in the faith. Biblical counseling “rests on the premise that God’s Word is sufficient to meet man’s need.” Difficulties often arise from not applying His truths to our lives. Therefore, effective counseling leads the recipient through the process of developing a Godly perspective and applying it to all circumstances.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Before delving into the heart of the issues the person may face, we must establish several things:
1) Are they saved?
2) Do they have a Biblical frame of thinking?
3) Do they face multiple problems?
4) Does it involve others/should I involve others?
5) Am I in over my head?
After you are able to answer these questions, you can begin to determine what the root issues are that she is struggling with and how to proceed.
Devise a course of action to take the counselee from where they are (Point A) to where they should be (Point B).
▪ Listen and gather data
▪ Identify Scriptural principles relating to the counselee’s need or situation
▪ Help the counselee view the situation from God’s perspective
▪ Formulate a Biblical course of action for the counselee to follow
▪ Create an interest and desire for your Biblical course.
▪ Be patient and sensitive; allow the Holy Spirit time to do His work in the person’s life.
▪ Set up accountability/follow-up
* If you would like the detailed outline of Lynelle’s talk, see the link here –> counseling handout
At the February meeting, we also Skyped with Laura Boudmer and had a drawing for a Dunkin Donuts gift card for anyone who arrived on time. Check out our facebook page for even more photos. Hope to see you at the next meeting!