Venue: Kuang Campus, Online for those outside of Klang Valley
Time : Friday 9.00-12.00 starting July 2nd
Course Instructor, Rev Dr Tony Lim (B.Th., Th.L(Hons), MTS, DMin)
Semester II, 2021
The definitive word for this course is pastoral. It is not mere or basic counselling. Where the emphasis lies on therapeutic or the curative aspects of counselling. Rather our course deals with the issues and problems an average Christian is likely to face in his or her life of faith. Matters that are rightly the domain of a pastor or any recognised church leader.
This course therefore examines as thoroughly as possible all issues which are pastoral in nature. The goal is to equip the average pastor or lay leader to be able to wisely counsel and help their church members live out their life of faith to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Course Outline for Pastoral Counselling
1. Introductory matters
What distinguishes pastoral counselling from all other forms of counselling?
What is the main aim and purpose of pastoral counselling?
What is the theological framework that grounds our discussions of Pastoral counselling?
2. Life of faith
Dealing with matters pertaining to our life of faith. Some examples :
Dealing with questions of intimacy with God
Place of suffering and wilderness experience, dark night of the soul, distance, coldness, etc. Place of journeys away from home as a time to reflect and to renew our faith.
Questions of trust, faith and obedience (how do we sustain our faith?)
3. Holiness, Sin and Temptation
Importance of dealing with the flesh, especially pertaining to long established habits, and thoughts patterns
Taking a look at Puritan anthropology, especially John Owen and his understanding of mind, affections, will
4. Family issues – marital and family roles and responsibilities. Dealing with conflicts and divorce. Exploring issues pertaining to the care of widows, orphans, singles and the aged
5. Dealing with our dark side: PTSD, Depression, despondency, discouragement and
6. Dealing with problems of evil and suffering
7. Coping with death. Grief work or grief counselling.
Dealing with chronic and acute illness, terminal illness, death (anticipated death, old age, unexpected, tragic and senseless)
8. Making decisions, choices – career, calling and vocation
9. Preparing young couples for marriage
10: God on Monday. The bible and business
Consider this statement : “Business people are the most neglected and least prayed for group in church on Sunday!” Why is this so?
11. Sexuality – homosexuality and transexuality
See NECF forum notes.
12 Ethics: medical, business, political ( rule of law and rule by law) place of civil protest, public ways of expressing disquiet
13 Theology of worship, forms, music, sermon, preaching, prayer