Foundations Of Pastoral Care

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $27.41
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 39%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $27.41   
  • New (5) from $27.41   
  • Used (4) from $50.52   


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

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)