Purposes and goals of pastoral counseling. Before stating the purpose or goal of pastoral counseling it is important to define what pastoral counseling is. The easiest way to approach a definition is to narrow the field by identifying what pastoral counseling is not since many activities aid Soul Care, or spiritual growth toward Christian sanctification. At its broadest levels, Christian Friendship can be provided by friends and family to encourage deep growth and healing (Benner, 17). Pastoral ministry includes “anything that brings people into contact with God nurtures the growth of their spirits and heals their souls” (Benner, 18), but is often stunted to maintain all pastoral roles.
When they arrived, he [Paul] said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents." (Acts 20:18-19, emphasis added)
Leading from the Penthouse vs. Leading from the Outhouse
"What's my purpose?" has to be one of the most intense introspective questions one can ask. Especially since it's so integrated with the meaning of life. The question begs transcendence since it's difficult to grant meaning or purpose to your own life. For some the answer is unquestionably delivered, such as Isaiah in God's throne room, but for others the quest for one's calling in life is often plagued with doubts. However, just because you haven't had an all defining moment, doesn't mean God hasn't placed a call in your life. God seems to speak in several different ways: