Learn How to Relate God’s Truth to Human Relationships
You love people and you love God’s Word. How do you relate your two loves?
Spiritual Friends provides a biblically relevant training manual and relationally practical workbook for relating God’s truth to human relationships.
Whether you’re a loving lay person, a caring pastor, a competent professional Christian counselor, or a student-in-training, Spiritual Friends will equip you to master the personal ministry of the Word.
Enrich your spiritual friendships with thousands of illustrative interactions and hundreds of skill-building exercises that teach you how to:
*Sustain people so they know that it’s normal to hurt.
*Heal people so they know that it’s possible to hope.
*Reconcile people so they know that it’s horrible to sin, but wonderful to be forgiven.
*Guide people so they know that it’s supernatural to mature.
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Learn from Christ, our ultimate Spiritual Friend how to become a powerful spiritual friend. Spiritual Friends is a field-tested equipping tool that will move you step-by-step toward mastery of twenty-two core counseling competencies.
Sustaining and GRACE Counseling Competencies:
*Grace Connecting: Committed Involvement
*Rich Soul Empathizing: Climbing in the Casket
*Active/Accurate Spiritual Listening: Faith-Drenched Alertness
*Caring Spiritual Conversations: Sustaining Theological Trialogues
*Empathetic Scriptural Explorations: Sustaining Biblical Trialogues
Healing and RESTS Counseling Competencies
*Relational Treatment Planning: Mutuality in Hope Building
*Encouraging Communication: Hope-Based Interactions
*Story Reinterpreting: Co-Authoring Resurrection Narratives
*Thirsts Spiritual Conversations: Healing Theological Trialogues
*Stretching Scriptural Explorations: Healing Biblical Trialogues
Reconciling and PEACEE Counseling Competencies
*Probing Theologically: Theory-Guided Awareness
*Exposing through Confronting Wisely: Disclosing Discrepancies
*Active Softening of Stubbornness: Loosening Resistance to Repentance
*Connecting Intimately: Relating in the Moment
*Enlightening Spiritual Conversations: Reconciling Theological Trialogues
*Empowering Scriptural Explorations: Reconciling Biblical Trialogues
Guiding and FAITHH Counseling Competencies
*Faith-Based Interventions: New Covenant Living
*Activating Envisioned Maturity: Stirring Up God’s Gifts
*Insight-Oriented Treatment Planning: Collaborative Spiritual Direction
*Taking Action: Homework That Works
*Holiness Spiritual Conversations: Guiding Theological Trialogues
*Heroic Scriptural Explorations: Guiding Biblical Trialogues
Spiritual Friends provides a biblically relevant training manual and relationally practical workbook for relating God's truth to human relationships. Spiritual Friends is for the layperson, pastor, or professional Christian counselor. It will equip the reader to master the personal ministry of the Word and spiritual friendships with thousands of illustrative interactions and hundreds of skill-building exercises.
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