Resources for Lay Counselors

Browse recommended reading, educational christian counseling programs, blogs and other resources for lay counselors and christian leaders. These additional resources can help you as you grow as a lay counselor, as well as can be helpful reading for clients.

Recommended Reading:

  • Allender, Dan. The Wounded Heart. 2008.
  • Allender, Dan and Longman, Tremper. Bold Love. 1992.
  • Cloud, Henry. Changes that Heal. 2003
  • Cloud, Henry & John Townsend. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. 1992
  • Crabb, Larry and Allender, Dan. Encouragement: The Key to Caring. 1990.
  • Crabb, Larry. Understanding People. 1987.
  • Crabb, Larry. Shattered Dreams. 2002.
  • DeMuth, Mary. Thin Places: A Memoir. 2010
  • DeMuth, Mary. Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse. 2014
  • Lucado, Max. God Will Use This for Good: Surviving the Mess of Life. 2013
  • Smith, Paul Bryan. Embracing the Love of God. 1995
  • Tripp, Paul and Tim Lane. Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. 2006.
  • Tripp, Paul. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change. 2002.
  • Yalom, Irvin. Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. 2000.

Educational Christian Counseling Programs:

  • The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). www.ccef.org
  • The American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC). www.aacc.net

Blog/Digital Resources:

"LCI was instrumental in my becoming a lay counselor. From the one-day session through the 6 and 10-week follow up trainings, this program equips those seeking to serve in this capacity. LCI stresses the importance of telling our own story and addressing the issues in our lives to better prepare us to "walk beside others" as clients invite us into their stories. With Christ as a model, we learn the LCI methodology, our role as counselors, and the ultimate goal of lay counseling. If anyone is considering lay counseling as a ministry, I highly recommend LCI as a valuable, informative, and potentially life-changing avenue toward serving others."

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