Item description for Pastoral Visitation (Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling) by Nancy Gorsuch...
Overview This book integrates the theory and practice of pastoral visitation to increase the effectiveness of pastors and trained laity for an intentional, proactive program of pastoral visitation in the local church. In order to increase pastoral visitor's positive experiences of effectiveness, the author presents basic "how to" information in a straightforward manner characterized by vivid illustrations and case studies. The book provides a theological basis for pastoral visitation.
Publishers Description Clergy, students of pastoral care, and lay visitation volunteers will find Nancy Gorsuch an effective guide in developing an intentional, proactive program of pastoral visitation in the local church. To increase the pastoral visitor's positive experiences of effectiveness, the author presents basic "how to" information in a straightforward manner characterized by vivid illustrations and case studies. The book provides a theological basis for pastoral visitation and goes on to explore the types and purposes of visitation, preparation and resources, training and basic helping skills, assessment and follow-up, and methods of sustaining pastoral visitation as a means of building a caring community of faith.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1999
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling
ISBN 0800631900 ISBN13 9780800631901
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Gorsuch
Gorsuch is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Nancy J. Gorsuch currently resides in the state of Texas. Nancy J. Gorsuch was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pastoral Visitation (Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling)?
Could have been so much better Mar 5, 2004
Let me just say that it was a difficult read because it is so overly didactic and boring. The book is best when the author shares stories about pastoral visitations she has done. It is also excellent when she shares ideas about being intentional with pastoral visitation, such as visiting with people much like a doctor would to assess their spiritual health.
The book included helpful lists of concepts and ideas to keep in mind when visiting with folks and ways to seek to be a pastor in these visits. In other words, the author does provide some ideas and resources for engaging people below the surface.
Yet, this is already a short book and it could have been shorter! I will take some but not much from this book. Part of my difficulty with the book may be my lack of interest or education in pastoral counseling which to me, fills the majority of the discussion in this book.
As a young pastor, I was hoping for some help in this area. I got some, but can still use a whole lot more.