Evangelical Christians and Professional Counseling: A Conflict of Values?

Volume
Volume 6
Issue
Fall 1978
Title
Evangelical Christians and Professional Counseling: A Conflict of Values?
Abstract

The experience's and opinions of Evangelical Christians concerning professional counseling for alleviating emotional dysfunction were investigated. Evangelical Christians have experienced emotional (psychological) disorder, to the extent that it noticeably impaired their functioning, at approximately the same incidence as the general population of the U.S.A. Most of those who sought help outside of family or friends first saw their pastor. Of those evangelical Christians who were dissatisfied with professional counseling services available in the community 89% expressed concern that their Christian faith would be misunderstood or unappreciated, perhaps even ridiculed. Other major dissatisfactions were the expense of counseling and skepticism about the efficacy of secular psychological theories. The research also revealed that evangelical churches may be ready to expand their hitherto limited involvement in providing (or supporting) professional counseling services as an outreach ministry of the church.

Author
Dr. R.R., Jr. King
Pages
276 - 282
Price
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