PROTESTANT PASTORAL COUNSELING by Wayne E. Oates

PROTESTANT PASTORAL COUNSELING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The practice of counseling by Christian ministers has increased rapidly in the last decade, made possible largely by the multiplication of opportunities to receive supervised clinical training in hospitals and correctional institutions. Dr. Wayne E. Oates, Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has long been one of the leaders in making this training possible by teaching and helping to maintain high standards of professional competence. Now in this book he calls into question certain counseling practices engaged in by the Protestant clergy which either ignore the Christian faith or make it incidental, and thus revealing often the insecurity of the clergy in their unique profession, the religious ministry. Psychological insights and theological precepts will each aid the other in the practice of Christian pastoral counseling; let the pastor be true to his own training and experience as he makes the best of the materials and techniques made available by the other helping professions. Seminarians and Protestant clergy should value this book highly.

Publisher: Westminster Press