Foreword to Strength In Numbers : The Team Approach to Biblical Counseling
Strength in Numbers is a uniquely helpful introduction to biblical counseling done two-by-two by God’s people in the local church. It faithfully encourages readers to counsel based upon the sufficiency of Scripture and it wisely encourages pastors to equip their people for the work of ministry. It is biblical, practical, and balanced.
I appreciate how Dr. Shaw builds his approach to two-person counseling from biblical passages such as Luke 10:1; Mark 11:1-2; and Mark 6:7, where Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two. Shaw also effectively uses Paul’s ministry with Barnabas, Silas, and Timothy to support his tandem counseling philosophy.
I applaud Mark for his clear emphasis on both the truth and love components in biblical counseling. Some biblical counseling has been caricatured as neglecting the relational, loving aspect. But Shaw consistently insists on integrating truth and relationship. “Let’s counsel others with the balance of compassion and doctrine. Let’s present the truth of God’s Word in the love of the Holy Spirit.
Strength in Numbers skillfully teaches pastors and biblical counselors a “nuts-and-bolts” model for implementing team biblical counseling in the local church. Shaw outlines a step-by-step developmental process that every church would be wise to put into practice.
Dr. Bob Kellemen, Founder RPM Ministries, Author of five books including God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting