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Foundation's of Pastoral Care [Hardcover]

By Bruce L. Petersen (Author)
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Pastoral Ministry Professor Bruce L. Peterson explains that 21th century pastoral care involves more than just those who take the title "Pastor". Laity and small groups need to have a hand in the care of soul as well, if the church is to be healthy. The roles of shepherding, counseling, and collaboration are clarified. The pastor's presence in conflict resolution, crisis, through suffering, and death is also dealt with.

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Most people focus on pastoral ministry--the activities, programs, and outreach connected with the life of the church--when considering the work of a pastor. But one of the most important parts of a minister's job is pastoral care--activities such as compassion, healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling people to one another and to God. People today earnestly seek a minister who knows their names and cares about their hurts.Foundations of Pastoral Care introduces both clergy and laity to the ministry skills and personal qualities needed to provide effective care for people inside and outside the church. With thorough examination, Professor Bruce Petersen traces the historical development of soul care from the primitive church and on through the centuries to the church of today. In unit one, he introduces the place of pastoral care in the local church. He emphasizes the unique responsibility of church leaders and pastors to provide spiritual guidance while caring for the physical and emotional needs of their people. In unit two, he examines the pastoral care roles clergy are asked to fill--shepherd, counselor, collaborator, and spiritual leader. In unit three, he addresses the need for a pastoral presence in the life of the church, and in unit four, he concludes with a discussion about the pastor's personal life and the importance of personal spiritual formation.Foundations of Pastoral Care provides the fundamental elements pastors and church leaders need to care for people in meaningful, personal ways with the love, compassion, and grace Christ showed during His ministry on earth.

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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN  0834123053  
ISBN13  9780834123052  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce L. Petersen spent 28 years in pastoral ministry before accepting his present position as a professor of pastoral ministry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He received his doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In addition to training students for future ministry, he is a frequent church and conference speaker. EDWARD A. THOMAS is associate professor of management in Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Adult and Graduate Studies programs. He is also an ordained pastor in the Church of the Nazarene and has had various assignments as both Senior and Associate Pastor in the denomination. Thomas has earned degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, Robert Morris University, and Capella University. Bob Whitesel is a speaker, professor and award-winning writer on the organic church, missional leadership and church growth; who has been called by a national magazine: the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today. He holds two doctorates (D.Min. and Ph.D.) from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Donald McGavran Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Church Growth. The author of nine books, his book Inside the Organic Church, Learning from 12 Emerging Congregations (Abingdon Press) was chosen by Outreach Magazine as a finalist for Resource of the Year in Postmodern Outreach. He serves as Professor of Missional Leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and is a sought-after speaker and consultant

Bruce L. Petersen was born in 1942.

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A Great how-to for pastors and lay-leaders, and to-be's  Oct 11, 2009
This is a fantastic book. It is an easy and interesting read. At the same time, it is full of information on the do's and don'ts for pastors and lay-leaders. This book covers the gambit from visitation and counseling, to shut-ins and funerals, to weddings and more. I highly recommend this book for all who want to serve in the ministry.
Practical Advice  Sep 29, 2009
As a former student of Bruce's I have spent a good deal of time with him. He is a great man, pastor, and friend. His book on pastoral care is one we used in class, and I found it to be a very practical book. The illustrations and examples given are ones that we as pastors must be aware of. However, pastors are not the only ones that provide pastoral care. This book is also helpful to the lay person. The title captures the essence of the book, it tells of the foundations of pastoral care for followers of Jesus.

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