What is Pastoral Care & Spiritual Direction?

Some times people also call this “Pastoral Counseling”.  Which ever title we use, it is the process of coming alongside people in difficult times to offer guidance and encouragement.

How is this different from other forms of counseling?

GotQuestions.org actually offers a helpful distinction.  They say, “First and foremost, pastoral counseling must be biblical counseling, as opposed to psychological counseling. Secular psychology or psychotherapy, based primarily on the teachings of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers, has no place in biblical counseling. Biblical pastoral counseling uses the truths of Scripture, explaining and applying them to the individual’s life—exhorting, rebuking, correcting, and training—so that practical help is gained through the understanding and application of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16).” 

At Evanston Avenue Baptist we believe that when we align our lives with God’s Word, then we will experience more love, joy, peace, patience, and all sorts of other good things. 

Is there any cost?

Absolutely none.  All we ask is that people show up for appointments and do their homework.  Any costs are strictly for the materials (like books) that are used during sessions.

Is it confidential?

One thing that Pastoral Care has in common with Traditional Counseling is that we hold the same standard of confidentiality.  We can explain more before your first session.

Can you help with any problem I may have?

Much like any professional helper while there are many things a pastor can help with, there are limits to what a pastor is best able to help with.  However, our pastors also work closely with a number of qualified area therapists so that you can get the best help you need. 

What can you help with?

The best thing you can do is fill out the form below and set up a time to talk.  If the pastor can’t help, he can help you get connected.  There’s no cost or risk, just a time to be encouraged.

Evanston Avenue Baptist Church

1188 Evanston Avenue
Muskegon MI 49442
231-773-6586Get Directions