Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century

Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century

by Lynne Baab

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Overview

Trends and skills for those who offer pastoral care

Christian pastoral care has changed a great deal in the past few decades in response to many factors in our rapidly changing world. In part 1 of Nurturing Hope, Lynne Baab discusses seven trends in pastoral care--shifts in who delivers pastoral care, the attitudes and commitments that undergird pastoral care, and societal trends that are shaping pastoral care today. She illustrates them with stories from diverse congregations where Christian caregivers are meeting those challenges in creative and exciting ways.

In the second half of the book, Baab presents four practical, doable, energizing skills needed by pastoral carers in our time. Focusing on skills that help carers nurture connections between everyday life and Christian faith, she explores the need for carers to understand common stressors, listen, pray with others, and nurture their personal resilience.

Grounded in an understanding of God as the true caregiver and healer, the author offers tips for readers who are training other pastoral carers or developing their own understanding and skills. Each chapter ends with discussion and reflection questions, making the book helpful for groups.

Lynne Baab brings readers hope for their caring role and for their own spiritual journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506434278
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Living With Hope
Pages: 217
Sales rank: 1,260,265
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Lynne M. Baab has a PhD in communication and has taught courses on pastoral care and chaplaincy. She frequently speaks about listening and other pastoral care skills and has written numerous books about congregational life and Christian spiritual practices, many of them on topics related to pastoral care.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century
Part One: Shifts in Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 1. Pastoral Care Has Many Models
Chapter 2. Teams and a Variety of Individuals Provide Pastoral Care
Chapter 3. Christian Pastoral Care Is Grounded in the Triune God
Chapter 4. Christian Pastoral Care Is Missional
Chapter 5. Pastoral Care Occurs across Ethnicities and Religions
Chapter 6. Pastoral Care Empowers
Chapter 7. Pastoral Carers Consider the Web of Relationships
Part Two: Skills for Pastoral Care
Chapter 8. Old/New Sources of Stress
Chapter 9. Listening Skills
Chapter 10. Spiritual Practices
Chapter 11. Resilience
Chapter 12. Conclusion: Pastoral Care and Hope
Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

(Ph.D.), executive director and professor of Christian spirituality at New College Berkeley (Graduate Theological Union) - Susan S. Phillips

"Reading this book nurtures my hope! Lynne M. Baab is a masterful, seasoned carer and teacher of caregivers, and this book benefits from her deep reservoirs of experience as a pastor, researcher, professor, and open-hearted person of faith. Nurturing Hope builds on BaabÂs earlier work, offering spiritual insights and practical counsel for all people who engage in pastoral care. Anchored in Scripture and attentive to contemporary scientific and cultural analysis, this book encourages and guides us as we seek to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, while endeavoring to love our neighbor as ourself."

contemplative activist, blogger and author of numerous books, most recently Rest in the Moment - Christine Sine

"Nurturing Hope is the most helpful book on pastoral care I have read for a long time. Few authors have Lynne M. Baab's understanding of the changing patterns and solutions needed to provide effective care. The interweaving of story and practical advice makes this an easy-to-read, yet essential, addition to the library of all who work to provide care in church congregations."

From the Publisher

"Nurturing Hope is the most helpful book on pastoral care I have read for a long time. Few authors have Lynne M. Baab's understanding of the changing patterns and solutions needed to provide effective care. The interweaving of story and practical advice makes this an easy-to-read, yet essential, addition to the library of all who work to provide care in church congregations."-- Christine Sine, contemplative activist, blogger and author of numerous books, most recently Rest in the Moment

"Discerning where God is at work and communicating the loving care of God are foundational both for mission and pastoral care. Lynne M. Baab points to the why and how of cooperating with God in being present with people. She demonstrates that a deep commitment to the mission of God and to authentic pastoral care belong together. Nurturing Hope is an outstanding textbook for practitioners and students of pastoral care and chaplaincy, as well as anyone desiring to be a caring presence in their networks and relationships." -- Darren Cronshaw, Professor of Missional Leadership, Australian College of Ministries, and Pastor, AuburnLife Baptist Church, Melbourne

"Reading this book nurtures my hope! Lynne M. Baab is a masterful, seasoned carer and teacher of caregivers, and this book benefits from her deep reservoirs of experience as a pastor, researcher, professor, and open-hearted person of faith. Nurturing Hope builds on BaabÂs earlier work, offering spiritual insights and practical counsel for all people who engage in pastoral care. Anchored in Scripture and attentive to contemporary scientific and cultural analysis, this book encourages and guides us as we seek to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, while endeavoring to love our neighbor as ourself." -- Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.), executive director and professor of Christian spirituality at New College Berkeley (Graduate Theological Union), sociologist and spiritual director, and author of The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy

Professor of Missional Leadership, Australian College of Ministries, and Pastor, AuburnLife Baptist Church, Melbourne - Darren Cronshaw

"Discerning where God is at work and communicating the loving care of God are foundational both for mission and pastoral care. Lynne M. Baab points to the why and how of cooperating with God in being present with people. She demonstrates that a deep commitment to the mission of God and to authentic pastoral care belong together. Nurturing Hope is an outstanding textbook for practitioners and students of pastoral care and chaplaincy, as well as anyone desiring to be a caring presence in their networks and relationships."

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