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Pastoral care: three key questions. What is it? What makes it work? Developing a Pastoral Team. undermining pastoral care. loss of inherited tradition loss of hierarchy individualism growth of secular ‘humanities’ suspicion of control and manipulation. Exploring together.

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Pastoral care:three key questions

What is it?

What makes it work?

Developing a Pastoral Team


undermining pastoral care

  • loss of inherited tradition

  • loss of hierarchy

  • individualism

  • growth of secular ‘humanities’

  • suspicion of control and manipulation


Exploring together

What’s involved in pastoral care?

Produce a definition of pastoral care

(in a phrase or short sentence)


What is pastoral care?

  • paying loving attention

  • companionship into wholeness

  • disciple-making

  • whole-life coaching/mentoring


Defining pastoral care

Forming lives within the church

for the purposes of Christian vocation

in the world.

Faith Development and Pastoral Care: James Fowler,p.10


Defining Pastoral Care

The forming of men and women

to respond in effective faithfulness

to the call of God to partnership

with God’s work in the world

Faith Development and Pastoral Care: James Fowler,p.21


A working definition…

Helping one another to grow in

the love of God,

likeness to Christ,

and fruitful service

in the whole of life


What makes it work?

  • listening


Listening

Being heard is so close to being loved

that for the average person,

they are almost identical.

Caring enough to hear and be heard: David Augsburg


Listening

How could I have been so blind

to what is the indispensable element

to loving people –

listening?

The Emotionally Healthy Church: Peter Scazzero


What makes it work?

  • listening

  • spirituality of the ideal or real?

  • character above circumstances

  • happy or holy?

  • meeting people at the point of aspiration

  • meeting God at turning points

  • conversation: the primary means


turning points

  • choosing times

  • identifying gifts

  • airing aspirations

  • exploring vocation

  • listening exercise


Conversation shape

sharing:

honestly, appropriately out of our own experience.

listening:

entering into and drawing out the other’s response to life.

exploring:

issues raised and the light faith throws on our experience.

a time when you experienced pastoral care


Developing a pastoral team

  • grow

  • identify

  • gather


Gather pastoral leaders from…

  • welcome ministry

  • nurture groups

  • home groups

  • lay/area pastors

  • mentoring

  • spiritual directors


Developing a pastoral team

  • grow

  • identify

  • gather

  • commission

  • deploy


Our shared calling…

Helping one another to grow in

the love of God,

likeness to Christ,

and fruitful service

in the whole of life


Spin-offs of good pastoral care

Where godly conversations and nurturing relationships are part of church culture…

  • Church life is more relaxed

    with a focus on being rather than doing

  • Enquirers are more easily attracted

    to and draw in by a listening culture


How can we develop pastoral care?

  • nurture stretching conversation

  • be alive to crisis moments


How can we develop pastoral care?

  • nurture stretching conversation

  • be alive to crisis moments

  • gather the pastors together


A costly calling

Caring is costly, unsettling,

even distasteful at times.

The valley of deep shadows

in another person’s life

frightens us too.

Rediscovering Pastoral Care: Alastair Campbell

p.1 DLT, 1981


How can we develop pastoral care?

  • nurture stretching conversation

  • be alive to crisis moments

  • gather the pastors together

  • grow one-to-one relationships


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