Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- identify and describe biblical and theological themes that inform a Christian commitment to pastoral care;
- investigate specific contemporary issues and challenges that impact upon the ministry of care;
- develop a process of care that considers theological understandings, personal experience and basic helping-skills as tools in the effective practice of pastoral care;
- evaluate three theological themes relevant to the delivery of pastoral care; and
- critically research a specific topic encountered in a pastoral context in a rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner, including the theological and pastoral responses.
- Case study (1,500 words) (25%)
- Reading report (1,500 words) (25%)
- Essay (3,000 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Brister, C.W. Pastoral care in the church (3rd edn) San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1992.
- Geldard,D & Geldard, K, Basic Personal Counselling, Frenches Forrest: Prentice Hall, ed 4 or 5.
- Killen, J.L. Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.
- Lartey, E Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Peterborough, Epworth, 2006.
- Pattison, S. A Critique of Pastoral Care. (3rd ed) London: SCM, 2000.
- Roberts, S.B., Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care : A Practical Clergy and Chaplains Handbook. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths, 2012.
- Rose, J, Psychology for Pastoral Contexts. London: SCM, 2013.
- Stephenson-Moessner, J. A Primer in Pastoral Care. Minneapolois: Fortress, 2005.
- Whipp, M Pastoral Theology. London: SCM, 2013.
- Whitehead, E. & Whitehead, J. Transforming Our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear and Loneliness. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010.
- Wicks, Robert and Thomas Rodgerson. Companions in Hope. New Jersey: Paulist, 1998.
- Zaragoza, E. No Longer Servants But Friends : A Theology of Ordained Ministry. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.