The Responsibilities of the Christian Counselor

  1. Determine what your client's true needs are.

  2. Help your client to identify and "own" these needs for himself.

  3. Help your client over denial of the addiction and other problem.

  4. Identify resources in the community that address the needs of the client that cannot be met by the mission itself (e. g. legal aid, medical services, vocational training, and self help groups)

  5. Help your client accurately evaluate his options and to see progress - establish "benchmarks" for measuring growth.

  6. Help your client develop new personal and social resources that will contribute to a positive life style.

  7. Help your client access needed resources that have been identified for himself.

  8. Help your client develop strategies for handling problems that must be addressed by the individual rather than agencies. We succeed when we are no longer needed. We ought never to institutionalize ("missionize") people.

  9. Model a healthy godly lifestyle. Be an example in word and deed of the principles you hope the client to adopt.

  10. Help the client to learn to walk with the Lord on his own; listening to his conscience, personal prayer and Bible study, etc.