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Overview This book calls upon pastors to embrace their positions of leadership and to be a means of grace and mercy to grievers during trying times. Harold Ivan Smith provides insight into the grieving process, giving pastors a better understanding of what to expect as they minister.
Publishers Description Once upon a time it would have been taken for granted that a pastor's responsibility as shepherd and 'curer of souls' would be to be present for the griever. The Gallup Organization reported in 1997 that only one in three believe a member of the clergy could be comforting in a time of loss; only one in four say that it is 'very important' for a member of the clergy to be on hand when a person is dying. Death and dying have become very secularized in this country. Many would more likely turn to a counselor or psychologist than a minister. Yet the hunger is there. It is the spiritual helper who repeatedly points the griever to another perspective who gives hope. It is the godly minister who helps grievers continue to love and live in anticipation of reunion.When Your People Are Grieving calls upon pastors to embrace their positions of leadership and to be a means of grace and mercy to grievers during trying times. In this easy-to-read book written directly to the pastors, well-known grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith probes the many facets of grief ministry, presenting practical advice in dealing with one of the most challenging yet rewarding parts of ministry in the local church. You'll learn: What family members expect from their pastors during times of griefWhat you should never say to those who have experienced lossHow to equip your congregation to care for grieversHow to counsel grievers who question the existence of GodWhy we no longer talk about the 'five stages of grief'Each chapter includes a spiritual formation exercise you can use to help grievers grow in the Lord. You'll also find 'A Story That Will Preach' in every chapter to help you as you strive to relate and connect with you congregation in trying times.
Awards and Recognitions When Your People Are Grieving: Leading in Times of Loss by Harold Ivan Smith has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2002 Nominee - Christian Ministry category
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2001
Publisher Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN 083411898X ISBN13 9780834118980
Availability 0 units.
More About Harold Ivan Smith
Harold Ivan Smith is the author of many books on dying, death, and grieving. A former funeral director, he is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and leads seminars on grief and spirituality throughout the world. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Harold Ivan Smith currently resides in Kansas City, in the state of Missouri. Harold Ivan Smith was born in 1947 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Harold Ivan & Associates, Missouri, USA.
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Nedd help with a grieving community? Sep 15, 2006
Smith writes on a subject many authors do not touch on - that of how to counsel a grieving group. His approach is not to ignore individual grief, but instead to move beyond it. A very easy read and good prespective for a working minister.