This course is taught by Angela Reed at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Pastoral care is a fundamental component of every minister’s work. Ministers who want to be effective must develop and refine knowledge and skills for supporting and encouraging others through the joys and pains of life’s journey, recognizing their own worldview and the worldview of those to whom they offer care. These skills are an essential element in the gospel witness. This course will offer an introduction to pastoral care by exploring biblical-theological and psychological foundations for the process of personal and communal healing and restoration. Building upon these foundations, the course will introduce students to basic strategies necessary for providing pastoral care to people in congregations and other contexts. These abilities will be considered in light of various forms of personal and communal crises that caregivers are likely to encounter in their ministries.
Seminary: George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Keywords: psychology, mental illness, pastoral theology