This book is a trilogy in which Dr. Adams leads both the novice and experienced counselor through the three key counseling sessions (or stages) which are common to the entire counseling process. Getting Started: The First Session What you do in the first session will set the tone for what follows—for good or for ill. If done well, it will help the counselee to gain confidence in your minister to him and, more importantly, in the Word of God and the God of the Word. Breaking Through: The Turning Point The turning point in counseling sessions is that point at which the counselor sees...

Biblical Counselors must develop two essential skills—acquiring insight into his counselees’ problem and devising creative ways to apply the truths of Scripture to that problem. Jay Adams explains why these skills are vital, but more importantly, shows how you can develop these skills. Effective counselors must grow beyond taking a “cookie-cutter” approach to counseling problems and hone the twin skills of insight and creativity in the counseling room. Insight and creativity are not inborn qualities or special gifts, both can be learned and developed. Jay Adams will broach no excuses. If growing in effectiveness as a counselor is your goal, this...

On Friday, September 11 we held a small celebration in the home of Jay and Betty Jane Adams to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Competent to Counsel. Special guests included: Dr. Mike Spradlin, President of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Dr. John Babler, Newly appointed Charman of the Biblical Counseling Department at Mid-America Mr. Nathan Cole, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Mid-America Pastor Bill Slattery, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Dr. Dale Johnson, Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Rev. Donn R Arms, Director of the Institute for Nouthetic Studies   At that time, we presented to...

How does a believer determine what God would have him do in life's many baffling situations? The simple answer is, "Turn to the Bible." Good, but then what? Christians are rarely instructed about how to use the Scriptures in their decision-making. So, when problems arise on Thursday (or any other day of the week) they are at a loss about what to do. They find the Scriptures useful for devotional uses, but not for decision making. If this is the case in your life, What to do on Thursday will end such perplexity --- once and for all.  ...

God is concerned about how you preach, how you counsel, and how you serve Him in all aspects of your life. He does not countenance slipshod work. In the Scriptures, He has spoken explicitly about becoming proficient at what you do. Though He will do as He pleases, God has not promised to bless the efforts of those who desire simply to "get by." In this book, Jay Adams looks at the whole matter of competent ministry and challenges every believer to honor God and please Him in his work. But what does please God? How can you become effective in...

The Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs (CCNT/P) is back! It features Dr. Adams’ original translation of the Greek text to which he has added helpful notes and cross-references, which will be of help to the counselor. In the back, he has appended a section of helps which include counseling outlines, check-lists, a topical index, charts, and more. It is beautifully leather-bound with a stitched binding. You can read Dr. Adams’ forward here. The price you see listed ($48) is 20% off the normal retail price of $60. A word about ordering. The CCNT/P cannot be ordered through our regular online bookstore....