7 Laws of Counseling from Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)
The recent death of the highly-acclaimed and dearly-loved Bible teacher, Howard Hendricks, caused me to reflect on one particular book of his that impacted me many years ago. As I reviewed the 7 Laws of Learning, from his classic book Teaching to Change Lives, I realized how these principles of teaching are equally true in our ministry of counseling one another with the truth of God’s Word in caring relationships.
- The Law of the Teacher: If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.
- The Law of Education: The way people learn determines how you teach.
- The Law of Activity: Maximum learning is always the result of maximum involvement.
- The Law of Communication: To truly impart information requires the building of bridges.
- The Law of the Heart: Teaching that impacts is not head to head, but heart to heart.
- The Law of Encouragement: Teaching tends to be most effective when the learner is properly motivated.
- The Law of Readiness: The teaching-learning process will be most effective when both student and teacher are adequately prepared.