The Pastor and Counseling

January 7-8, 2016

Counseling is one of the harder things pastors have to do, especially when knowing how to help is unclear. Understanding someone’s struggle is often far less straightforward than understanding what Scripture says on a particular topic. In this forthcoming Alumni Academy, Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Deepak Reju will offer theological and practical guidance for pastors and lay leaders who do the hard work caring for sheep in the trenches.

Based on their recent book The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need, Pierre and Reju will help our alumni by outlining a biblical approach to listening, considering, and speaking into the lives of their people, from the first counseling session to the last. Their approach to the counseling process is realistic about the larger demands of pastoral ministry, and so attempts to give helpful answers to questions such as how counseling should start, what types of questions should guide the process, when counseling should transition to something else, how to refer to outside resources responsibly, and how the pastor can keep himself from being overwhelmed by it all.


Deepak Reju

Deepak serves as the pastor of biblical counseling and family ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He did his theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Ph.D). Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 and have five children, Zachariah, Lydia, Eden, Noelle and Abraham.

Deepak is the author of several books and articles, including On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church (New Growth Press, 2014), The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members In Need (Crossway, 2015), and Preparing for Fatherhood (New Growth Press, 2015). His next book, She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle, is due out early 2017.

Jeremy Pierre

Jeremy Pierre

Dr. Pierre joined the Southern Seminary faculty in 2011 after serving for eight years on the faculty of Boyce College as a professor of literature and culture.

Dr. Pierre is co-author of The Pastor and Counseling (Crossway, 2015) and author of the forthcoming The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Counseling from a Theology of Human Experience (New Growth, 2016). He has contributed to other books, including Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House, 2013) and Scripture and Counseling (Zondervan, 2014). He currently serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church, and he is a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife Sarah have five children.


Thursday, January 7

8 a.m. Conference Check-in
9 a.m. Session I: Where do we begin? – Deepak Reju
10 a.m. Session II: The Initial Meeting – Jeremy Pierre
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Session III: Laboring for Change, Part 1 – Jeremy Pierre
2 p.m. Session IV: Laboring for Change, Part 2 – Deepak Reju
3 p.m. Session V: Live Counseling Demonstration
4 p.m. Session VI: The Final Meeting – Deepak Reju
7 p.m. Panel Discussion: Deepak Reju, Jeremy Pierre, Robert Cheong, and Brian Croft

Friday, January 8

9 a.m. Session VII: Toward a Culture of Discipleship – Deepak Reju
10 a.m. Session VIII: Using Outside Resources Well – Deepak Reju
11 a.m. Open Q&A with Deepak Reju and Jeremy Pierre
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session IX: Case Study – Pornography
2:45 p.m. Session X: Case Study – Marital Conflict

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