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Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4e Ministry Training Strategy Paperback – September 23, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159638381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596383814
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 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: #385,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This is a must-read book. . . . A masterful job at helping us all think about how to be truly effective in the culture in which Christ has placed us."
--Steve Viars, Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Lafayette, Indiana; Author of Putting Your Past in Its Place

"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

"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

"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

About the Author

Dr. Robert W. Kellemen, in his three pastoral ministries, in his seminary teaching, and through RPM Ministries, has equipped hundreds of people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. Bob is the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the Executive Director of the Center for Church Equipping at the Association for Biblical Counselors.

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Thank you for visiting my author page.

I am the author of books on biblical counseling, equipping counselors, Christian living, grief, anxiety, sexual abuse recovery, spiritual friendship, the Black church, women's ministry, soul care, and Church history.

My latest book is "Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure." In it readers learn a biblical process for victory in anxiety.

In "Equipping Counselors for Your Church" I share a best-practice model for envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and empowering biblical counselors in the local churhc.

Coming in February 2013, is "Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling" of which I am an editor and author, along with 39 other leading biblical counselors.

Also coming in 2013 is "Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes" which examines 2 Samuel 13 to present a biblical process for finding Christ's healing hope for sexual abuse.

My first book is "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It answers life's seven ultimate questions as it provides a theological foundation for biblical counseling.

My second book is "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It shares 1000s of illustrative vignettes and 100s of role-play exercises to equip to develop 22 biblical counseling skills.

In 2010, I authored "God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting. This book journeys with you through biblical stages of grief and growth.

I also am the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It tells the amazing story of how African Americans turned to Christ to help one another to find hope and healing.

I also have authored "Sacred Friendships" which tells the often untold stories of over 50 women heroes of church history.

I serve as the Executive Director of The Biblical Counseling Coalition through which we provide robust resources and collaborative relationships for all those who are committed to biblical counseling.

I am the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. Through RPM, I speak, write, and consult on Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and cuturally-informed biblical counseling and spiritual formation.

For 17 years I have served as the founding Chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Program at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD.

I am an ordained minister. I was Senior Pastor at a church in Maryland, an Equipping Pastor at another Maryland church, and the Counseling and Discipleship Pastor at a church in Ohio.

I earned my B.A. in Pastoral Studies at Baptist Bible College, my Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling at Grace Theological Seminary, and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Kent State University.

My wife of 31 years, Shirley, and I have two adult children.

Thanks for dropping by.


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For the pastor, elder, or other local church leader this should be very comforting.
Bradley C. Hambrick
May this book help many leaders to share a Biblical vision and enlist, equip, and empower their congregations to do the work of one-another ministry.
E. Hankins
Thankfully, the authors summarizes the book chapters well at the beginning, and helps the reader along with very creative use of mnemonics.
Dr Conrade Yap

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley C. Hambrick on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Holmes on November 3, 2011
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We live in a therapeutic culture, a culture where receiving therapy and counsel does not have the stigma it once had. In some circles it's perhaps even a status symbol to have a `personal shrink' or `life coach'. As these purveyors of care offer help to people in need, a crucial piece of their care is missing- true hope! At best, the secular counselor can help their counselee with life here on earth, but the future and eternal life issues--this truly is an area for the church to speak into.

In this seminal and landmark work for the church, Dr. Bob Kellemen has given us a go-to manual for raising up a new generation of counselors while nurturing the ones currently in our care. Built and crafted from years of experience and based on the solid foundation of God's word to us, this book will be a useful manual for generations to come.

The 4 E's

Dr. Kellemen has crafted his book around four key principles: Envision God's ministry, Enlist God's Ministers for ministry, Equip Godly Ministers for ministry and Employ/Empower Godly ministers for ministry. Each of the subsequent chapters of the book unpack in detail how the principle works itself out in the day-to-day life of the church.

One of the strengths of this book is the ability and frankly, encouragement, to use the principles as a framework for ministry, rather than a piece-by-piece implementation list. Nothing is more frustrating and discouraging than to read an excellent resource only to realize your context and culture are not compatible with the vision of the author. Dr. Kellemen understands this common problem and writes as one who has pastored a congregation of 3,000 as well as a congregation of 100.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Hankins on November 3, 2011
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As someone with a heart for ministering to other people, I was excited to see Bob Kellemen's upcoming release Equipping Counselors for Your Church. In his video trailer for the book, Dr. Kellemen states that "the audience for this book is anyone committed to and passionate about one-another ministry". Throughout this book, he uses the word "counseling" to encompass ministering the Word to one another and disciple-making, resulting in a relevant and helpful book for us all.

Dr. Kellemen's goal is to "equip equippers so that the church is saturated with Biblical counseling". He has created a simple, helpful framework to help leaders intentionally train and empower members to minister the Word to one another. He walks his readers through a Biblical study of God's mission for the Church; connecting people; helping them grow in Biblical content, Christlike character, counseling competency, and Christian community; and relational organization to bring greater glory to God.

Because Dr. Kellemen has been a pastor of three very different churches (ranging from 100-3,000 members), he doesn't have a strict one-size-fits-all approach to equipping. He establishes some basic principles that would be applicable to any size church and helps leaders walk through how to prayerfully design a structure that will best help the "unique congregation use its distinctive gift-mix to fulfill our special calling in our specific community" (pg. 41), to bring greater glory to God.

Although Dr. Kellemen's principles are basic, he is not so vague as to be unhelpful. He includes a lot of useful forms, evaluations, application questions etc. that make this almost like a workbook that leaders can utilize to set up a ministry structure.
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