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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop – Professor Marrs in El Cajon, CA


January 22, 2024
January 24, 2024


Continuing Education


First Lutheran Church (El Cajon, CA)
867 S. Lincoln Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020 United States
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This workshop was originally scheduled for July 10-12, 2023, but has been rescheduled to Jan. 22-24, 2024.

Making Christian Counseling More Christ Centered

Many pastors and church leaders of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod realize that much of what passes for Christian counseling is based in the Law and not the Gospel of Christ. Dr. 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 an 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.

Dr. Richard Marrs

Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dr. Richard 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, Jan. 22 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 9-11:30 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 9 a.m.-noon
Registration cost: $140
Registration deadline: Jan. 8, 2024
Location contact: James Huenink
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