Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church

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An introduction to pastoral care for pastors of small membership churches.“If you spend your whole life serving small membership churches and doing it well, yours will have been a life well spent.” Small membership churches have a real advantage when it comes to incorporating people into a fellowship where they are known and where their needs are met. These churches and their pastors have an opportunity for excellence in this area, and should make the most of it. Good pastoral care can be the key to effectiveness...

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Overview

An introduction to pastoral care for pastors of small membership churches.“If you spend your whole life serving small membership churches and doing it well, yours will have been a life well spent.” Small membership churches have a real advantage when it comes to incorporating people into a fellowship where they are known and where their needs are met. These churches and their pastors have an opportunity for excellence in this area, and should make the most of it. Good pastoral care can be the key to effectiveness in all of the other ministries of the church.From getting acquainted with your congregation, weddings and funerals, picking up on subtle cues in a conversation to not-so-subtle conflicts, Killen shares insights from years of ministry in a small membership church setting.James L. Killen, Jr. is a retired elder of the Texas Conference, contributor to Circuit Rider, and author of Who Do You Say That I Am? A Personal Reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687343263
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 103
  • Sales rank: 892,028
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Killen, Jr. was a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 44 years. Now, in retirement, he is active in many areas of ministry and is a freelance writer.

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Table of Contents

1 An opportunity for excellence 1
2 Moving into relationship 5
3 Learning the art of pastoral conversation 11
4 Making get-acquainted visits 19
5 Visiting shut-ins 25
6 Ministering to the sick 31
7 Ministering to the terminally ill 39
8 Ministering to people who are grieving 47
9 Holding a funeral 53
10 Weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and other occasions 59
11 Pastoral counseling 67
12 Helping with a crisis 75
13 Dealing with conflict in the church 79
14 Maintaining integrity 87
15 Providing for the needs of the pastor and the pastor's family 93
16 Involving laypeople in pastoral care 99
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