The most significant and rewarding aspect of our job as counselors in the local church has been to work our way out of counseling by equipping others to do it! The local church community is meant to be a safe place to be honest about the hurts we face, the sins we commit, and the struggle we have in living by faith. Whenever you provide a context for honest and intentional engagement with the issues of the heart, counseling, practical care, and individual discipleship become realistic necessities. The needs of counseling can quickly overwhelm and swallow up the few who have been trained or equipped to provide this help. Additionally, the strong exhortations and “one-anothering” imperatives of Scripture and the supernatural resources given to each member of the Body of Christ imply that each member is responsible for the care of everymember. For these reasons, a thriving counseling ministry within the context of the local church must be an equipping ministry. Counseling, or coming alongside another in love, in the local church ought to be done predominantly (with some exceptions) by the local church members. Many people in the church understand their biblical responsibility to one another and have a desire to love well, yet feel ill-equipped to handle the complex issues that can emerge. They are uncertain about what to say or do when another’s circumstances are intense or outside of their immediate experience. While they may understand in theory the powerful resources of the Holy Spirit and the living, active Word of God, they may still struggle to connect truth to life in ways that make a difference. Many feel their need to be specifically equipped to care well. Equipping the Body seems a daunting and intimidating task indeed! How do you equip each member to care well with the grace and truth of the gospel? How do you equip individuals with different levels of education, abilities, and gifts? When this tension was felt most keenly by our counseling ministry team, we felt an urgency to come up with a model of care that was simple enough to explain to a fifth grader in 10 minutes, yet complex enough to undergird an entire ministry. God gave wisdom and help in the creation of a 3-part model of care that has proven useful and accessible in the local church as well as other helping ministry contexts. A visual representation and basic explanation of the model will follow.