Following is from Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson’s Counsel from the Cross (Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ), Crossway Books.
It is a nice summary of GCC and it’s goal, which I am using for our counseling ministry at faith church.
Gospel-Centered Counseling … is the process of one Christian coming alongside another with words of truth to encourage, admonish, comfort, and help – words drawn from Scripture, grounded in the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ, and presented in the context of relationship.
The goal of this counseling is that the brother or sister in need of counsel would grow in his or her understanding of the gospel and how it applies to every area of life and then respond in grateful obedience in every circumstance, all to the building up of the church and for the glory of God.
As the Lord gives opportunity, may we all counsel well.