One of the most important factors in becoming a Biblical counselor is motivation. What is my main motivation for doing Soul Care work? Why do I want to guide others? The answer to this question has to be Jesus.
In a sense, this comes down to following the final command of Jesus- the Great Commission. When Jesus says “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth,” this includes my life. This is key for what Jesus says next. The mission of Southern Hills (and all Christ followers) is laid out by Jesus here: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) If Jesus is Lord over my life, then I will follow what He tells me to do and He tells me to make disciples and to teach.
It is my job (and my joy) to teach disciples of Jesus to follow what Jesus commands. If through me God can teach others to chase Him with their entire lives, then that is where I want to be.
In Soul Care, my objective is to work very hard with the person I am counseling to become more like Jesus together. We cry out together; we want to know Him more. I never want to be satisfied in my relationship with Jesus; I want to be constantly growing. Counseling is typically past-focused and future-oriented. I want to allow the retrospective light of the Gospel to illuminate our present and future lives. Although we will talk about your past life, Jesus makes us new! We do not deal with things the way that those unregenerate do. I want to shine the light of the Gospel in such a way that you are able to clearly and practically apply it today and tomorrow. Although it will be tough, and it will be gut-wrenching at times, it will never be with judgment from or by me. Each step is taken with encouragement to seek God more.
My mission as a Soul Care worker is to do my best to show you Christ and His everlasting light.
I love the church. I am passionate about praising God together, growing toward Christ together, and striving together as one for the Faith. I cannot over emphasize how important you are to me. I care deeply for you, and you help drive me to know God more. I also would love to help you know God more. This is not something we have to be embarrassed about. We each play a role to help each other grow in maturity toward Christ. Even if I am the one counseling you, I need you just as badly. We both have a role as the body of Christ, and I cannot do your part.