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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159638381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596383814
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 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: #504,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Every Pastor, Ministry Leader, biblical counselor needs to read this book.
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
Reading the book, I was struck at how easy it is to transplant his advice into a different context.
Aaron Armstrong

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley C. Hambrick on November 3, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on June 12, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tautges on November 4, 2011
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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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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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