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  • Ron Lively, M.Div., M.A. (M&F)

    Welcome to Pastoral Counseling Institute (PCI).
    Our mission is “Training and Mentoring for Pastoral Counseling”.  Our goal is to provide training and mentoring for Pastors, Shepherding Elders and Ministry Students.
    We chose the website domain of since we are focused on both training for brief pastoral counseling and then on mentoring for those who wish to receive ongoing continuing coaching while they implement their training.  We are offering continuing education for pastors and shepherds for pastoral counseling.  Our training and mentoring is beneficial for ministry students who wish to be better prepared to counsel when they become pastors or counselors. We expect to have several mentors assisting to train and mentor those who request our services.


    Our PCI Brochure will answer most of your questions.  Click HERE to download this two-sided brochure.

    WHY?  87% of pastors (those ordained and responsible to the Church for serving as a pastor / shepherd of their congregation) surveyed say they were not adequately trained for the six to eight hours of counseling they provide weekly for their members.  Yet, 42% of people will turn to their Pastor first for some initial and basic “soul care” as they seek help for their struggles.  PCI is established to offer some training and mentoring services for short-term or brief counseling using a proven model called Strategic Pastoral Counseling (SPC) written by David G. Benner.

    WHAT?  Pastoral Counseling Institute has been launched to help train pastors for strategic / brief pastoral counseling.  I will add a Definitions tab on this page soon for a list of concepts so we can get on the same page.  Pastors are in essence a broker of the healing resources of their local church.  It is not satisfactory that they should immediately refer all counseling cases to “professional counselors” in their church or network.  A pastor should be comfortable meeting with a member in need of some immediate attention to help the person in need get refocused in their relationship with a loving sovereign and forgiving God as they then prepare together to refer that person to someone for long term therapy if needed. PCI also seeks to help build a pastor’s network of trustworthy professional counselors.

    Click on our tabs to learn more.


    Your advice, suggestions or questions are certainly welcomed and appreciated.

    In and for Christ,


    Ron Lively, M.Div., M.A. (M&F)
    2750 Hanover Drive
    Thompsons Station, TN  37179 or

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