Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide

Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide

by John Patton


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Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patton

The essentials of pastoral care involve the pastor's distinctive task of caring for those who are estranged—the lost sheep. Taken from the biblical image of the shepherd, the pastor by virtue of his or her professional calling cultivates wise judgment in order to hear the hurting and offer guidance, reconciliation, healing, sustaining presence, and empowerment to those in need. This book will outline the quintessential elements pastors need to wisely minister in today's context by discussing four major kinds of lostness:grief, illness, abuse, and family challenges.

The purpose of the Abingdon Essential Guides is to fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciples in biblical, theological, and religious studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the need of students foremost in mind, addressed to learners in a number of contexts, Essential Guides will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters within biblical and religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780687053223
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Edition description: Paperback
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 417,541
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

John Patton is the Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a retired United Methodist minister. He is the author of many books, including Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide, Is Human Forgiveness Possible? and Pastoral Care in Context: An Introduction to Pastoral Care. Dr. Patton is also an associate editor of Abingdon's Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

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