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"Bob Kellemen—trainer and coach extraordinaire—has a simple goal: he wants to see your church's one-to-one ministry transformed. The way he does that is by giving clear, practical instruction along with a huge package of supplies and tools." --Ed Welch, Faculty Member, CCEF; Author of When People Are Big and God Is Small

"This is a resource that will revolutionize the way your church does ministry and will give you the resources you need to offer practical help from a many-membered body serving one another and their community." --Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Counsel from the Cross

"An excellent resource for both individual leaders and also group discussion. This is the book for you if you want to launch a biblical counseling ministry." --Randy Patten, Executive Director, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors

About the Author

Robert W. Kellemen, through his three pastoral ministries, seminary teaching, and RPM Ministries, has equipped hundreds of people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. Bob is executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and executive director of the Center for Church Equipping at the Association for Biblical Counselors.
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159638381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596383814
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If someone came to you and said they wanted to start a biblical counseling ministry in your church, what might come to mind? That seems like a lot of work? Do we really need another ministry to administrate? After reading Bob Kellemen's recently released book, Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4E Ministry Training Strategy, I'm convinced that's the wrong question. Why? Because biblical counseling is really about discipleship.

The goal shouldn't be to start a biblical counseling ministry in your church. The goal, Kellemen argues, should be that your church is a place of biblical counselors. "You don't need another program," he writes. "You want a congregation saturated by the vision of every-member ministry and equipped to offer one-another ministry. Even more, you want a congregation where every member is a disciple-maker" (pp. 33-34).

In this book, Kellemen unpacks his vision of "every-member, one-another ministry" while offering practical advice based on his decades-long experience in bringing counseling & discipleship to the core of a congregation's, from planning and equipping to implementing and replicating.

There's so much that's compelling about this book that I couldn't begin to do it justice (especially given its length), but here are a couple points that I found particularly helpful:

1. Kellemen's understanding that we've wrongly defined biblical counseling as solving problems instead of discipleship. He writes:

"We've made it a subset of discipleship focused on reactive work with persons struggling with sin. Instead, we should think of biblical counseling as synonymous with comprehensive personal discipleship.
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Do you want to see your church develop a biblical counseling ministry, but don't know where to begin? Do you feel like you don't know what questions you would need to ask or who would need to be in the room as you seek to answer them? Are you worried about the logistics and liabilities that would arise as you sought to launch this kind of ministry initiative?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Dr. Kellemen has put together a book you need to read. Not only does he draw upon his own years of experience as a pastor (both associate of counseling and senior pastor) and as a professor teaching counseling in seminary, he draws upon the best practices from two dozen counselors who have led counseling ministries in the local church or parachurch setting.

Throughout the book these two dozen counselors comment about their experience in creating counseling ministries at each stage of the process. In effect, it's a little like a recovery group meeting. Dr. Kellemen teaches the main lesson which articulates the key aspects of one leg in the journey. Then each counselor gives a testimony about their successes, failures, and key life lessons on that point.

The result is a robust resource that provides detailed guidance without succumbing to a one-size-fits-all counseling model. Rather than giving a step-by-step process to a predetermined outcome, Dr. Kellemen takes you through a question-by-question process to determine what expressions of a counseling ministry would best fit your church and community.
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I summarize this book with these 6 qualities:

* Passionately Biblical - There is no question throughout his book that Kellemen's passion is to help churches discover and implement a biblical strategy for equipping believers for the ongoing work of discipleship that grows out of sound theology.

* Accurately Focused - Kellemen rightly plants biblical counseling in the soil of biblical discipleship. The author repeatedly calls us to formulate a Word-saturated, Bible-focused vision and process for our churches.

* Immensely Practical - The 4E Strategy is replete with time-tested wisdom. In this book, Kellemen has removed all our excuses for not having an intentional equipping strategy in our local churches.

* Culturally Flexible - Because Kellemen's philosophy of ministry is rooted in Scripture his counsel remains culturally-unbound. No matter what the size or culture of one's church, his strategy is applicable and realistic.

* Resourcefully Abundant - Rather than doing the hard work of diagnosing our church's condition and casting a biblical vision for future ministry, the author gives to us all the resources needed to walk our own leadership team through the necessary process ourselves, thus creating and maintaining ownership.

* Refreshingly Relational - The 4E Strategy is really all about building Christlike community where spiritually-minded, growing believers thrive. Of course, this kind of healthy growth does not happen on its own. It is planned. But it also cannot be forced.

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