The current response we give to Pastoral questions is the following:
Hello <username> and thank you for your question. The [mission](https://christianity.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1380) of our site is to answer factual questions about Christianity. We are not able to answer [more personal questions](https://christianity.meta.stackexchange.com/q/255). We invite you to consult your local church, pastor, priest, mentor, or other trustworthy counselor.
Of course, there is a good reason we use a standard template response. That said, as it currently stands, it is deeply flawed. It assumes that the OP has or is connected to a consult
local church, pastor, priest, mentor, or other trustworthy counselor.
It sorts of like if you told an injured person to go to the inn, without telling them where the inn even is, or even checking if there any inns around. In particular, I think most people who ask pastoral advice questions are asking the internet because they don't have a pastor. Indeed, in the USA, for example, only 80% do not attend a church regularly. Probably some lower, but still significant number do not attend church at all.
So, what should we do about this? Leaving as it is seems like a bad option, since it is inaccurate. (I have posted a potential answer below, but feel free to post alternative answers.)