Course Type:

Synthesizing Courses  (Level 3) - SM30902 - 2.25 Credits

The art of pastoral care is always in a context. Proving the care of a pastor is contextualized within a particular community as well as by the unique situation presented.In this course, pastoral care will be examined based on the context presented by thecommunity and the need for care.

Effective pastoral care is transformative. Pastoral care should lead a person receivingpastoral support to new insight, a renewed faith, or a deeper experience of God. Thiscourse will consider this transformative ministry in the context of crises, in the face ofsuffering, and in the midst of challenges to an individual’s beliefs. The outcome of thiscourse will allow participants to gain new insight into how to approach pastoral care astransformative within the church at large.

Learning Objectives

  • To appraise health and wellness in a variety of pastoral contexts.
  • To formulate strategies for pastoral care in a variety of contexts.
  • To synthesize feedback from supervision and from peers to further develop skills inpastoral care.
  • To employ pastoral care approaches that engender trust with congregants.
  • To demonstrate a pastoral approach that respects the dignity and independence ofindividuals.

Required Texts

        Clinebell, Howard (2011).

Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Resources forthe Ministry of Healing & Growth, Third Edition.Abingdon Press.


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Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


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