Description: Pastoral Care and Counseling represents a fundamental component of every minister’s work and must be practiced in the love of God, the presence of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus. The effective pastor and minister must become aware of the insights and skills necessary for practically extending hope through pastoral care and counseling. These skills become essential elements in the gospel witness of the church and in the health of congregational life. Pastoral Care and Counseling – MF 4511, will introduce and explore four pillars of Pastoral Care and Counseling: I. The Care of Self: The Pastor as Person. II. The Care of Others: The Pastor as Caregiver. Ill. The Care of the Congregation: The Pastor as Spiritual Guide. IV. The Care of the Crisis: The Pastor as Counselor. This course will engage with the theological foundations of pastoral care and counseling in the midst of a broken and hurting world and will offer practical engagements with congregational care for the purpose of healing and restoration. This course will further explore different forms of personal and communal crises ministers are likely to encounter in the care of the church.
Science areas: Health and life sciencesMF4511 Pastoral Care and Counseling (Pruitt)