Step 2: Collect Data

Whether one is gathering information for counseling, elder cases, or for family issues, it is important that Biblical principles associated with impartiality and keeping oneself from jumping to quick, ill-informed conclusions are employed. These principles arise from the 18th chapter of the book of Proverbs.

He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13 NAS

The first one to plead his cause seems right until his neighbor comes and examines him.” Proverbs 18:17 NKJV


1) Provide Perspective

2) Collect Data

3) Identify / Prioritize Problems

4) Direct or Confront the Counselee

5) Establish Directives / Secure Commitment

6) Provide Hope

7) Assign and Evaluate Homework