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all know people in our world are struggling—eating
disorders, addictions, depression, sexual issues, marital problems—the
list goes on and on. Can the church help or is that an
outdated concept that no longer fits modern problems? In The Church
as a Culture of Care, biblical counselor Dale
Johnson explains that the church is still the primary place
where those who struggle can receive lasting hope and
lay leaders in the church often feel inadequate to
address certain needs and are unsure of how to
help. This book is designed to help erase the stigma of “mental health
issues” in the church and to present the church as the primary haven
for answers to deep-seated human problems. Readers will learn that
God has designed every function of the church to be an integral part of
soul care. God has provided the church with the necessary
resources for us to care well for one another. Prayer, the
Word, the work of the Holy Spirit, and Christian community
are God’s provisions to lead all of us to Christ—even those with the
and lay leaders will be empowered to have confidence in God’s
purpose for the church, the power of his Spirit, and the sufficiency of
his Word for soul care.
T. Dale Johnson Jr., MDiv, PhD, is the Executive Director of The
Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the Director of
Counseling Programs and Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as an
associate pastor and continues to seek the strengthening of the church
by training pastors and members to minister in their local
churches. He is the author of The Church as a
Culture of Care. Dale and his wife Summer live in
Kansas City, Missouri with their six precious children.
speaking, the church has been the place where people in need of care
received care. Toward that end, Dale Johnson has written a brief but
powerful call to the church to reclaim this essential mission. As a
pastor and counselor, I was encouraged and reinvigorated for this
important work. If there were any doubts as to the church’s role in
this vital work of counseling ministry, look no further than Dale’s excellent
~ Jonathan D. Holmes,
Pastor of Counseling, Parkside Church; executive director, Fieldstone
“Dale Johnson shows that a high view of Scripture leads to a high view
of the church and its essential role in soul care. He rightly contends
that Christ is both true standard of what God intends to be ‘normal’
for humanity and the model for elders/pastors in caring for the sheep.
I am hopeful that this book will contribute to the restoration of
biblical soul care in the church.”
~ Jim Newheiser, Director of the Christian
Counseling Program, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
“Dale Johnson has written a very compelling book to show
pastors and others how, by God’s grace and in love, to help those in
their church become more like our Lord Jesus Christ. Many seminaries
and pastors have embraced the world’s philosophies on how to help people
solve their emotional problems. People are in pain and are seeking
relief, but only giving them the world’s opinions on how to solve
emotional problems robs them of the joy and peace that can only be
found in Christ. Johnson has clearly, thoroughly, and biblically
laid out his case. This book is amazing, and I highly recommend it not
only to pastors but to anyone seeking a Christ-centered, God-glorifying
view of the responsibility of the local church to shepherd its
~ Martha Peace, ACBC certified counselor;
author of The Excellent Wife
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