How Not to Counsel by Brad Brandt

ACBC Truth in Love




Sometimes in order to learn how to do something, it’s helpful to consider how not to do it. It’s possible to learn from negative examples. In Job’s case, his friends initially did some things right as his counselors, but in the end they glaringly missed the mark. This booklet considers fifteen mistakes exhibited by Job’s friends that we’re prone to commit as biblical counselors. Thankfully, God’s all-sufficient Word has much to say about how to help hurting people…and how NOT to help hurting people.


Brad Brandt is Senior Pastor at Wheelersburg Baptist Church in Wheelersburg, Ohio, where he and his wife, Sherry, have served since 1987.  They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.  Brad is also an ACBC Fellow and Board member whose passion in life is to know Christ and make Christ known to others.