Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4E Ministry Training Strategy (Kellemen)

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Want your ministry to have a lasting impact?

The best way to leave a legacy is to equip others to leave their own. Leaders want to change lives, and the best leaders know that a truly effective ministry must train its members to become leaders themselves. After all, God’s people want to change lives too—but we are all tired of approaches that promise much and deliver little. We are ready for an equipping ministry that is comprehensive, easy to implement, and relationship-oriented; not program-focused.

The 4E Ministry Training Strategy, tested in hundreds of churches already, is a best-practice tool for empowering God’s people to make disciples. Here is the 21st-century manual for a Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally informed mobilization of the priesthood of all believers, enabling the body of Christ to change lives. So launch a revolution in one-another disciple-making, and make your church into a place not simply with biblical counseling, but of biblical counseling.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Envisioning God’s Ministry

1. More than Counseling: Catching God’s Vision for the Entire Church

2. Examining Heart Health: Diagnosing Congregational and Community Fitness

3. Dreaming God’s Dream: becoming an MVP-C Congregation

4. Living God’s Calling: Jointly Creating Your Biblical Counseling MVP-C Statement

Part 2: Enlisting God’s Ministers for Ministry

5. Shepherding the Transformation: Cultivating a Climate for Ongoing Ownership

6. Mobilizing Ministers: Nurturing a Family and Building a Team

Part 3: Equipping Godly Ministers for Ministry

7. Competent to Counsel: The Resume of the Biblical Counselor

8. What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical?, Part One: Theology and Methodology in Biblical Counseling

9.  What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical?, Part Two: Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Fellowship in Biblical Counseling

10. Equipping Competent Biblical Counselors: Transformational Training Strategies and Methods

Part 4: Empowering/Employing Godly Ministers for Ministry

11. Overseeing Ministries for God’s Glory: Organizing the Organism

12. Practicing Ethical and Legal Wisdom in Ministry: Caring Carefully



Dr. Robert W. Kellemen, in his three pastoral ministries, in his seminary teaching, and through RPM Ministries, has equipped hundreds of people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. Bob is the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the Executive Director of the Center for Church Equipping at the Association for Biblical Counselors.



“Dr. Bob Kellemen knows that God has called all of His children to be active participants in the ministry community that He designed the church to be. Bob also knows that it is not enough to give people a vision and call them to commitment—they must also be biblically trained. Equipping the body of Christ for personal ministry has been Bob’s lifework. This practical, step- by-step equipping manual is the mature fruit of that lifelong commitment.” — Paul Tripp, Founder and President of Paul Tripp Ministries; Author of Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand

“So many of us long to see our churches equipped to minister the blessings of God’s Word to one another . . . and yet somehow it seems all too easy to get bogged down in the “how.” Bob Kellemen has given the church a tremen- dous resource—outlining not only the “how” but also the “why” and most importantly the “who.” This is a resource that will revolutionize the way your church does ministry and will give you the resources you need to offer practical help from a many-membered body serving one another and their community.”— Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Counsel from the Cross

“Bob Kellemen—trainer and coach extraordinaire—has a simple goal: he wants to see your church’s one-on-one ministry transformed. The way he does that is by giving clear, practical instruction along with a huge package of supplies and tools. And when you follow his coaching you’ll be surprised to find that the result is not so much Bob’s system as it is an equipping model that is specific to your church.”— Ed Welch, Faculty Member of CCEF; Author of When People Are Big and God Is Small