Foundations of Pastoral Care

ISBN-10: 0834123053
ISBN-13: 9780834123052
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 9/19/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Most people focus on pastoral ministry--the activities, programs, and outreach connected with the life of the church--when considering the work of a pastor. But one of the most important parts of a minister's job is pastoral care--activities such as compassion, healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling people to one another and to God. People today earnestly seek a minister who knows their names and cares about their hurts. Foundations of Pastoral Care introduces both clergy and laity to the ministry skills and personal qualities needed to provide effective care for people inside and outside the church. With thorough examination, Professor Bruce Petersen traces the historical development of soul care from the primitive church and on through the centuries to the church of today. In unit one, he introduces the place of pastoral care in the local church. He emphasizes the unique responsibility of church leaders and pastors to provide spiritual guidance while caring for the physical and emotional needs of their people. In unit two, he examines the pastoral care roles clergy are asked to fill--shepherd, counselor, collaborator, and spiritual leader. In unit three, he addresses the need for a pastoral presence in the life of the church, and in unit four, he concludes with a discussion about the pastor's personal life and the importance of personal spiritual formation. Foundations of Pastoral Care provides the fundamental elements pastors and church leaders need to care for people in meaningful, personal ways with the love, compassion, and grace Christ showed during His ministry on earth.

Acknowledgments
Pastoral Care Foundations
An Introduction to Pastoral Care
Providing Pastoral Soul Care
Unleashing the Laity
Lay-Led Pastoral Care
Caring Through Small Groups
Pastoral Care Roles
Pastoral Care as Shepherding
Pastoral Care as Counseling
Pastoral Care as Collaboration
Pastoral Care and the Means of Grace
Pastoral Presence
The Pastor's Presence in Resolving Conflict
The Pastor's Presence in Crisis
The Pastor's Presence in Celebration
The Pastor's Presence in Human Suffering
The Pastor's Presence amid Death and the Dying
The Pastor Is a Person
The Pastor's Character and Conduct
The Pastor's Personal Life
Notes
Bibliography

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