Counselors in Ministry

Pastoral Counselors

Counselors in ministry provide specialized care for those with personal, marital, family, social, or religious problems. These ministers have expert training to counsel people seeking help and continually seek to improve their skills. Recognizing the importance of ministering to people in this way, most theological training includes a strong emphasis on counseling.

Counseling ministry has emerged as a specialized field of ministry. In addition to psychological and medical approaches to human problems, the counselor in ministry brings a pastoral care perspective to counseling. This ministry combines training in psychotherapy and psychology with religious and theological understanding.

Counselors in ministry are available in local churches, associational counseling centers, pastoral counseling centers, institutions, hospitals, geriatric residences, and other settings. These ministries vary with the setting.

Basic Qualifications/Requirements for SBC Endorsement:

Each professional counseling organization has its own qualifications for certification. For more information, please call 800-634-2462 or email