Lay Pastoral Care: A Narrative Approach offers guidance for people across a spectrum of care. Using a model grounded in narrative and collaborative theories, Joretta L. Marshall and Christie Cozad Neuger describe key ideas and practices that inform lay care companioning. They also provide comprehensive curricular suggestions for training lay companions.
Marshall and Neuger build on a commitment to mutual learning, deepening spiritual growth, and collaborative support for people who wish to become care companions. Congregational leaders and members alike will discover that the recommended practices enhance the relational and spiritual lives of participating individuals and the congregation as a whole.
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About the Author
Christie Cozad Neuger has served as a pastor, chaplain, pastoral counselor, and professor. An ordained United Methodist elder, she received her MDiv from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and her PhD from Claremont School of Theology. After serving as a professor of pastoral care at Princeton Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and Brite Divinity School (emerita), she founded and directed the Institute for the Support of Pastoral Ministries at United Theological Seminary. Neuger is also active in developing lay ministry programs in congregations. Besides numerous reviews, articles, and book chapters, she has published four books.
Table of Contents
1 Lay Pastoral Care at the Heart of the Church 1
2 Presenting Narrative Therapy Theory 25
3 Narrative Practices for Lay Pastoral Care 45
4 Collaborative Learning Communities 73
5 Curricular Possibilities for Lay Care Groups 97
6 Developing Networks of Care 127
Appendix A Resources for Forming Care Groups 149
Appendix B Resources for Care Companion Learning Groups 165
Appendix C Boundaries: Resources for Group Presentation and Discussion 171
Appendix D Rituals for Use in Care Relationships 175
Appendix E Reading Resources 183
Appendix F A Sampler of Stories from Members of a Care Companion Group 187