Posts by bridgehaventeam

The Call Of Jesus

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Keith Clement | 0 comments

One of the ways I enjoy getting to know my Christian counseling colleagues is to hear from them how they received their call to serve Christ as a counselor. I equally enjoy answering that question when asked by others. We may refer to any work or vocation as a calling, but a vocation or service in ministry entered into through God’s leading is always understood to be a calling. As Christians, we all have a calling, but a call to Christian counseling ministry is a very unique calling that involves specialized education and training. As I have listened to many others talk about why they...

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Trusting God in the Decision to Care for a Loved One

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Laura McGee, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50 or older in the past 12 months. The majority of caregivers are female (60 percent). Most caregivers are taking care of one person (82 percent) and providing care for a relative (85 percent)—most often a parent or parent-in-law (49 percent), according to the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregivers. These statistics reveal that at some point in our lives, most of us will be faced with the decision to care for a loved one—sometimes sooner than we expect. Making that choice will depend greatly on...

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Pastoral Ministry and Psychotropic Medications

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Brad Hambrick | 0 comments

Consider this tension: Pastors are not medical professionals and, therefore, should not give medical advice. This seems clear and straight-forward, BUT Pastoral silence on the issue psychotropic medications reinforces the idea they are bad for Christians to take. This begs the question, “Is there a way for pastors to speak responsibly about psychotropic medications, in a way that is not giving medical advice, but in a way that provides church members with a sense of moral freedom to wisely assess whether medication may be a good fit for their life struggle?” The answer seems to be...

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How to Honor Your Parents as a Young Adult

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Laura McGee | 1 comment

In my counseling practice, I often see young adults who struggle in their relationship with their parents.  The majority of these clients are in college and in the transition period of leaving adolescence and entering adulthood. Relational struggles stem from the tension to “honor your parents” (whatever that means) while also voicing different thoughts and making independent decisions that may conflict with parents values or viewpoints.  Clients often ask me: So what does ”honor your parents” mean anyway?  What does it mean that I’m a young adult but they still treat me like a...

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Tips for Pastors Counseling Abuse

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in Omar King | 0 comments

This is a quick resource for helping those who may be in an abusive or toxic relationship. I wanted to provide a quick list of tips you can refer to as a pastor, Christian leader, or friend to help female victims who are in abusive relationships. If you’d like more information on this subject please check out these resources. Favorites are listed below and where you can find on Amazon. What Can/Should You Do? Make safety a priority for the abused spouse. We want to assess the level of danger and help create plan for her to leave. But proceed with caution because in many cases she is most...

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