Crossway’s The Pastor and Counseling book review – Rating 9.6

Crossway’s “The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need” by Jeremy Pierre & Deepak Reju is a very good read.  Crossway generously sent me a PDF of this book for me to do an honest review.  This book is a basics book on how to counsel people within the church.

Usually, I do reviews on Bibles and reference books, however I wanted to take a look at this book from the perspective of looking at pastoral care.  It did not disappoint in giving some fresh and very practical ideas on counseling .  I would give this book a 9.6 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a pretty solid 5 star rating.

In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Crossway to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


“The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need” is a very engaging book and easy to read.  This book is a fabulous introduction to help pastors, elders and leaders to be equipped with the basics of how to counsel those who they oversee.  It is written very well and extremely practical in the approach.  It nicely covers how to begin counseling, what methods to use, how to continue in counseling a person, when and how to wrap up counseling and many other ideas and topics.  Overall, the authors did a great job giving examples and ideas of how we can counsel people using the Word of God.  I know I will be coming back to this book often to reference the great material in it.

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for this review from Crossway and all opinions are my own.



Type of Book:  Church Ministry
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed: 978-1-4335-4512-2
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get new from for $10.99 (suggested retail is $14.99 per the publisher)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Paperback
  • Patent (perfect/square back) bound
  • 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4 wide  x 8” high
  • Weight: 6.3 ounces

Goal of Book:

The authors’ goal is to show the basics in practical ways that we can counsel people in need in the church.  I feel that the author did do a good job in keeping it simple and practical.  There are many practical examples on how to do go about counseling and this book could easily be used as an ongoing reference book four those that counsel other people in the church.

My Favorite Part:

I think my favorite part of the book was where the authors covered “The Final Meeting”.  The hand-off of counseling is something that often gets overlooked.  It’s not an “I’m done with you”, but rather an integration into the different ministries of your church to help the person flourish after your counseling session with them.  Very well written and very helpful.  Also the appendices are done very nice and extremely helpful.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is in a position where they may have to counsel people within the church.

Who Would Enjoy This Book:

Anyone in a leadership position (pastors, elders, deacons, ministry leaders, etc.) that are counseling people within their church would find this book very helpful.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Pastor and Wednesday Morning
  • Part One: Concept
    • Laboring for Your People
    • Where Do We Begin?
    • Your Method: How You Do Counseling
  • Part Two: Process
    • Laboring for Change
    • The Final Meeting
  • Part Three: Context
    • Never Laboring Alone: Toward a Culture of Discipleship
    • Laboring Wisely: Using Outside Resources Well
  • Afterword: A Labor of Love
  • Appendix A: A Quick Checklist for the Counseling Process
  • Appendix B: What Is Christian Counseling?
  • Appendix C: Personal Background Form
  • Appendix D: A Simple Method for Taking Notes and Organizing Data


Please leave a comment or question and I will try to respond a.s.a.p.

– Michael

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