Luther’s Soul Care Theology for the 21st Century
Many Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastors and other church leaders realize that much of what passes for Christian counseling is based in the Law and not the Gospel of Christ. C.F.W. Walther said that properly dividing Law and Gospel in “private ministrations” is more difficult than in preaching and teaching. How can Lutheran pastors and other counselors better learn to properly distinguish Law and Gospel in counseling situations — and apply the Gospel as antidote where needed? How can Lutheran pastors better equip the non-Lutheran Christian counselors they refer parishioners to with these critically important concepts? When should a Lutheran pastor refer a parishioner to a mental health specialist, perhaps even a non-Christian one, when the expertise needed falls into the “left hand kingdom”? These and other complicated pastoral care questions will be addressed in hopes that the learners will become more confident and effective in their care of the souls entrusted to them.
Professor of Practical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Dr. Richard “Rick” Marrs has been in the forefront of his field when it comes to confronting the assumptions of and approaches of secular counselors. He has worked to bring a Christocentric, Law-Gospel approach to counseling among evangelicals.
|Monday, Aug. 15||1-4 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Aug. 16||9-11:30 a.m.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 17||9 a.m.-noon|
Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.