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Pastoral Care and Holistic Ministry

Pastoral Care and Holistic Ministry

by Gabriel Amoateng-Boahen


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To be pastoral is to create a sacred space and time for the other person who needs support. The caregiver is fully present, listening critically and attentively to locate the "pastoral pillars" on the way for continued support. In order to provide effective pastoral care ministry, and also be able to nail down and address the core issues bothering the individual, the caregiver should look beyond the ordinary and superficial, and companion into the deep ("the shadow") with the counselee, mentee, directee, client, patient, and the like. In other words, the pastoral caregiver should identify the root causes and pertinent, disturbing issues emanating from the body, soul, and spirit of the receiver of pastoral care. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again- (1 Thess. 5:23, NIV)-Holistic Ministry. The book also focuses on the private, professional, and public lives of pastoral caregivers-pastors, church leaders, chaplains, counselors, psychotherapists, clinical social workers, spiritual directors, health professionals, and similarly-situated others.

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ISBN-13: 9781684110216
Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing
Publication date: 08/24/2016
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gabriel Amoateng-Boahen is a Professional Staff Chaplain (Retired) University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, Illinois USA and also the Chaplain for the Brong Ahafo Association of Chicago and the keynote speaker at the Council of Brong Ahafo Associations of North America (COBAANA) in 2011, and the Ombudsman for COBAANA. Gabriel has strong ecumenical inclination and is deeply involved in the activities of the Council of Ghanaian Churches in Chicago, where he is the current Vice President. Gabriel takes a lot of inspiration from Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham. He is Gabriel's \"spiritual mentor\" and has twice attended the Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism in Cincinnati, Ohio (2002), and Kansas City, Missouri (2004). Gabriel was at the Haggai Institute in Singapore in 2000 for the Advanced Leadership Training for Christian Leaders from Developing Countries. He is a member of these professional associations: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Spiritual Direction International (SDI) and others. Gabriel was the representative for the University of Chicago Medical Center at the Kenwood-Hyde Park Interfaith Council (2010-to May 31, 2015). On March 27, 1977, Gabriel and Mrs. Agatha Amoateng-Boahen were joined together in holy matrimony at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at Ahafo Hwidiem. They now live peacefully and happily with their eight children: Mrs. Veronica Amoateng Antwi; Rev. Sampson Amoateng; Rev. Mark Amoateng, MD; Rev. Daniel

Table of Contents

Dedication xiii

Acknowledgment xv

Preface xvii

Abstract xix

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 The Private Life of The Pastor/Leader 1

Enjoy Spiritual Direction From God 2

The Ministry Must Be Sustainable 3

The Health of the Pastor 4

Enjoy Family Support 5

Strategic Time Management 5

Distractions in Ministry 7

Travailing and Prevailing in Prayer 8

The Study Life of the Pastor 10

Appreciate and Bless Others 10

Choose Your Words Judiciously 11

Be an Encourager to Somebody Else 13

Create a Self-Sacred Space 14

Prayer 16

Chapter 2 The Professional Life of The Pastor/Leader 17

Develop the Culture of Excellence in Your Life and Ministry 21

Have Compassion for People and Passion for Ministry 22

Do Not Muddle Up Things Together 23

Keep Inventory of the Ministry 23

Have Excellent Knowledge of Logistics 24

Encourage "Spiritual Division of Labor" 24

Have Regular Scheduled Meetings With Your Leaders 25

Avail Yourself for Critical Feedback in Humility 26

Do Not Cloud Your Call or Vision 27

Time Alone with God 29

Word from God 30

Chapter 3 The Public Life of The Pastor/header 33

Handle Your Complexed Network of Relationships Prayerfully 33

Be Close but Distant Yourself in Public 34

Observe Pulpit Ethic 34

Avoid Unnecessary Competition and Egocentrism 35

Join Professional Associations with Other Ministers 36

You Arc Heaven's Ambassador 36

Be an Ail-Round Public Figure 37

You Arc a City On a Hill 38

Network with Other Minsters and Ministries 39

Chapter 4 The Counseling and Support Needs of The Pastor/leader: Who Pastors The Pastor? 41

Human Weaknesses of the Pastor/Leader 41

Locate Your Spiritual Mentor 43

We Grow Through Trials and Challenges 44

The Pastor/Leader is a Blessing to the Society 45

Marriage and Family Matters and Ministry 47

Individual Roles in the Family in Relation to Ministry 48

Family Life is Integral and Cardinal to Effective Ministry 52

Business to Support Ministry and Accompanying Challenges 53

Justification for the Pastor to Be Pastored 53

Conclusion 55

Author's Profile 57

Recommended Books 71

Author's Prayers For Readers 75

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