Foundations Of Pastoral Care

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Overview

One of a minister's most important jobs is pastoral care-comforting and counseling people and guiding them into reconciling relationships with God and others. People today earnestly seek a minister who knows their names and cares about their hurts and heartaches.

This foundational text 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 seasoned insight, Professor Bruce Petersen provides the fundamental understanding and training pastors and church leaders need to care for people in meaningful, personal ways that model the love, compassion, and grace Christ showed during His ministry on earth.

About the Author:
Bruce L. Petersen a professor of pastoral ministry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834123052
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Pastoral Care Foundations     9
An Introduction to Pastoral Care     11
Providing Pastoral Soul Care     23
Unleashing the Laity     37
Lay-Led Pastoral Care     51
Caring Through Small Groups     67
Pastoral Care Roles     81
Pastoral Care as Shepherding     83
Pastoral Care as Counseling     99
Pastoral Care as Collaboration     113
Pastoral Care and the Means of Grace     127
Pastoral Presence     147
The Pastor's Presence in Resolving Conflict     149
The Pastor's Presence in Crisis     167
The Pastor's Presence in Celebration     185
The Pastor's Presence in Human Suffering     207
The Pastor's Presence amid Death and the Dying     229
The Pastor Is a Person     251
The Pastor's Character and Conduct     253
The Pastor's Personal Life     275
Notes     299
Bibliography     313
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