A Strategy for Incorporating Biblical Counseling in North American Church Plants
There has been little interaction between the biblical counseling and church planting movements, which have been developing in parallel over the past fifty years. This book explains how to strengthen church plants by incorporating a three-part strategy for biblical counseling; how to evaluate, appoint, and train counseling leaders; and how small-group ministry helps to establish a foundation of soul-care in the new congregation.
"This book demonstrates the essential nature of biblical counseling in carrying out the Great Commission while offering a strategic plan to implement it, and it would serve as an incredible blessing to any church planter." --Kim Kira, Primary Teaching Elder, Lighthouse Community Church, Torrance, California
"Church-planting models have historically focused heavily on identifying church planters with the gifting of entrepreneurship and evangelism. Rush Witt presents an alternative model that emphasizes the call and gifting of the church planter as shepherd and counselor." --Zach Nelson, Executive Director, Pillar Church Planting Network
"Rush Witt provides a needed prescription for one often-overlooked tool for bringing the Word of God to bear on unreached communities in a winsome and loving, yet truth-filled fashion through biblical counseling." --Matt Rogers, Assistant Professor of Church Planting, Southeastern Seminary
"An invaluable guide in establishing the rich ministry of counseling and training in the church." --John D. Street, Professor, The Master's University & Seminary