Why it is Invaluable to go to Counseling

counseling “I think I might need to go to counseling”. Have you ever thought that? Better yet, have you ever been told, “maybe you should go talk about this with a counselor”. If you have thought that or been told to do that, it is never a really great feeling. But, speaking from experience, I know the tremendous benefit from going to talk to a Counselor about life and ministry.

Someone else who knows the benefit of it is Justin Knowles. Justin is the Lead Next Gen. Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He oversees Jr. High, High School and College ministries at the church.  He is also a fantastic writer who is one of the core contributors to the Download YM blog.

Recently, Justin wrote a great blog entitled “4 Reasons Why Youth Workers Should Go To Counseling“. Although it is written toward youth ministers, this is a great blog for every ministry. In today’s podcast, Tom and Justin talk about:

  • What Justin has been up to lately
  • What was the basis of his post. Why did he choose to go seek counseling.
  • Why Tom decided to get counseling
  • The real benefits Justin and Tom have gotten from going to counseling.

If you want to connect with Justin you can find him on Twitter (twitter.com/justinknowles3). You can also find his writing at DownloadYouthMinistry.com  and follow his podcast, “The Other Student Ministry Podcast” (it’s great, by the way).

Also, learn more about Digital Bootcamp where any and every minister can learn great digital tools to help expand your reach and help more people come to know Christ.

So what do you think of the interview? Have you every been to counseling? How have you seen the benefits of it in your life?  Share your thoughts and insights below or on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick. 

Also, Tom would love to hear from you about what you’d like a future topic to be. To email Tom some ideas email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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