The local church is a-counseling ministry. The question is not, “Should Christians counsel each other?” because they already are. Most Christians are ministering to one another on a personal basis. So the question is, “What kind of counseling is offered? How effective is the ministry? Do people have confidence that the Word of God has answers to everyday life problems?” (Bill Goode, quoted in Robert Kelleman, Equipping Counselors for Your Church, p. 39).