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Introduction to Pastoral Care [Paperback]

By William V. Arnold (Author)
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Valuable for both seminary students and practicing mininsters, this basic work integrates theology and pastoral care in a practical and useful way. With activities and questions for personal reflection, this much-needed work brings about a new awareness ot the ministry of pastoral care. Contents include: Part I - The Ground of Pastoral Care Who are we? A Look at Human Nature Principles that Give Integrity to Pastoral Care Theological Resources for Times of Caring Part 2 - The Person of the Pastor Pastoral and Professional Identity: Who Am I? Functions of the Pastor Part Three - The Disciplines of Support Comparative Views of Human Nature The Developmental Perspective Psychotherapy Community Resources, Interdisciplinary Cooperative and Referral Part Four - Context for Pastoral Care A Pastoral Approach to Stress To Loss and Grief To Illness To Family and Marriage To Sexuality. Suggested reading on special issues in pastoral care index

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Valuable for both seminarians and practicing clergy, this basic work integrates theology and pastoral care in a practical and useful way. Citing actual experiences, with questions for personal reflection, this much-needed study brings about a new awareness of the ministry of pastoral care.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.92" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1982
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664244009  
ISBN13  9780664244002  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William V. Arnold is the former Marthina DeFriece Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is author of "Introduction to Pastoral Care" and coauthor of "When You Are Alone" and "Christians and the Art of Caring".

William V. Arnold currently resides in the state of Virginia. William V. Arnold was born in 1941.

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Being present  Jun 6, 2003
Arnold's book 'Introduction to Pastoral Care' is a book often used in the pastoral care course at my seminary. This brief book probably could be briefly summed up as one set of principles:

+ Be present to the one needing care
+ Focus on them, and not on yourself
+ Listen, and listen actively, which means remembering the principle to
+ Focus on them, and not on yourself
+ Don't be afraid of silence
+ Don't pass judgment
+ Seek care and support for yourself when you need it

These principles are amazingly simple to learn and state, but often get ignored. Giving advice is not pastoral care. Empathising by telling your own story is usually not helpful.

Arnold recounts the story of a visit with a person in the hospital when he was on call as the chaplain. He went into the room of a critically-ill patient, said hello, and then she began a very long story, alternately laughing and crying, and then, when finished, patted Arnold's hand and thanked him for his help. The only word he had said was 'hello' -- but he had listened, something others had been too busy to do.

This is a book that can help anyone who wants to learn how to be truly helpful. It is not just for clergy -- as church members come increasingly to learn that ministry exists at all levels (and indeed some of the most important ministry of a church is that which members in the pews give to each other), this kind of book should be more widely used as a good introduction to some of the do's and don'ts of being pastoral and helpful, and what in the end is effective ministry.


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