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INTRODUCTION

Pastoral Counseling in recent years has made an effort to adapt psychoanalytic procedures to the solution of some of the problems of parishioners . Such efforts have been in part an empirical venture, proceeding by rule of thumb, learning by experience, clinical work

and-group discussions’ fed-. back reporting and analysis. All of which definitely has pro­ vided knowledge and empirical information towards counseling progress . However, such has also led to some confusion between the role of the counselor and psychotherapist. This course is intended to provide none of the above, per se, but to provide the rudimentary steps to an emphasis on attitude of the counselor, from the Christian perspective, and the rudiments of principles applied to Pastoral Counseling – towards a nouthetic perspective and its principles. If there is a “psychology” to be involved, I submit that the psychological factors are all directly related to the Christian Evangelistic theory applied with and of counseling. The point being that God’s psychology-and very essence-is one of love, grace, blessings, and forgiveness through Christ.. Jet’s call this “Redemptive Psychology.”

Pastoral Counseling is also Pastoral Care for the “wounded” parishioner; and, thusly, the counselor has to be prepared to identify with, sympathize with-to have empathy with the wound and the wounded . As God, our Creator, assumes our frame of reference and enters into our human situation(s) of being finite and, in some cases, estranged, we who are Christians find that God shares with us in such situations through His grace, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, working in our behalf ‘that provides us HOPES.

Thomas C. Oden’s writing of “Care of Souls in the Classic Tradition” relates to us the correlation of empathy to the Christian Good News of God’s love in the following statement:Empathy is the process of placing oneself in the frame of reference of another,perceiving the world as the other perceives it, sharing his or her world imaginatively.Incarnation means that God assumes our frame of reference, entering into our human sit­ uation of finitude and estrangement, sharing our human condition even unto death.”1

Empathy, then, becomes, in thesis, the basic theological tool of Pastoral Counseling and its practices, for empathy is rudimentary. Why? Thomas Oden states: “When the troubled person finds himself or herself under the care of someone with accurate empathy, someone

who seems able to enter another’s perceptual framework, he or she experiences a profoundly liberating feeling of being known. being understood. Empathy is the precondition of all therapeutic effectiveness. “

As God enters into our human situations, so too must the Christian Counselor-but without being neurotic, yet also participating in…entering in…the wounded ‘s wound. God does the same thing, for He participates in our human situations without Himself being or becoming estranged. But, how does the Christian/Pastoral Counselor enter into the world of the wounded without becoming estranged, neurotic, hung-out, and strung-out within the wound itself? FAITII IS THE ANSWER By this I mean first of all that the sincere Christian can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 1-:13).

Secondly, the Christian/Pastoral Counselor who has diligently done his or her sincere effort of learning to have empathy can with faith (theologically) and in procedural  faithfulness enter into the wounded’s wound. Pastoral Counseling has been one to follow the intuition of pietism in. placing its emphasis, for the most part, on personal experience, often to the omission of historical experience, reason, tradition, and Scripture. It is not this writer’s intention to neglect Scripture, reason, nor historical or traditional experiences, but to include all of such with a nouthethic perspective.

It is towards this nouthetic perspective that the following course will concentrate its content upon the basis of foundational development of empathy as the Number One tool ofChristian/Pastoral Counseling and Care.

The first and most basic task required of the Christian/Pastoral Counselor is to seek, to know, to learn, and to practice empathy. Therefore, this man called the Christian/Pastoral Counselor must clarify his inner self; define his varied inner life and its movements-­

articulate them.

About the Instructor

Dannell Brown

Dannell Brown

Rev Dannell Brown, Ph.D. Elkhart, IN 46516 • 574-310-7039 Drdannell2@aol.com • LinkedIn Passionate, faith-oriented pastor and public servant demonstrating exceptional motivation to plan, execute, and lead public worship services. Transformational leader driven by faith and dedication to God's word to cultivate, implement, and ensure alignment with church vision and mission. Proficient in coordinating and supporting church staff in execution of various administrative functions. Spiritual leader demonstrating proven ability to direct and enhance daily church operations while also spearheading spiritual and fellowship activities. Expertise facilitating transition between existing and new programs and ministry initiatives. Adept at establishing, cultivating, and maintaining strengthened interpersonal relationships between community and participation members of church congregation. Education Doctoral Candidate, Human Services, Capella University Doctorate in Biblical Theology, Bethula Seminary Ph.D., Theology, Columbia University Doctorate in Christian Counseling Psychology, Carolina University of Theology Master of Management & Leadership, Western Governors University Master’s in Healthcare Administration, Western Governors University Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Western Governors University Professional Experience Agape Missionary Baptist Church, Elkhart, IN Lead Pastor, Founding Pastor, 1999 to Present Serve as Lead Pastor, planning, executing, and overseeing worship services and events. Train and develop staff and lay leaders to propel coordination of services and events. Direct staff while also ensuring they're equipped with required resources to drive seamless execution of duties. Facilitate assimilation of new members into congregation. Maintain complete oversight of outreach and pastoral efforts, including biblical counseling, wedding, and funeral services. • Propelled collaborative efforts with Outreach Committee to devise, develop, and implement ministries reaching out to unchurches, inactive, and new community residents. • Acted as central resource in aiding, overseeing, and coordinating congregation staff. • Partnered with HR to facilitate screening, hiring, training, and development of non-ordained staff and call ordained staff. • Conceptualized, developed, implemented, and promoted church visions. • Drove execution of proven-effective strategies to achieve short- and long-range spiritual and organizational goals. Additional Experience: Assistant Pastor at Canaan M.B.C, Associate Pastor at St. Marks M.B.C., Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy, and Medical Terminology Instructor at Michiana College, and Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy, and Medical Terminology Instructor at National Education Center. Volunteer Experience Board Member, NAACP Elkhart Brach Board Member, Workforce Development Board Member, Indiana Plan Board Member, Salvation Army Board Member, Church Community Service National Baptist Convention, USA INC. Awards Positive Black Man Society American Certification of Christian Counselor National Certification of Christian Counselor Business Man of the Year NAACP Community Award Recognized for excellence throughout the community receiving honorary award of two streets being name after the church and myself.

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