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Introduction to Pastoral Care Ministry. Dr. Robert W. Bell, Ph.D. Erskine Theological Seminary Spring 2003. “Implications”. Verb: imply – to involve or suggest by logical necessity; to hint; suggest. Implication = that which is suggested; an indirect indication

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Introduction to pastoral care ministry

Introduction to Pastoral Care Ministry

Dr. Robert W. Bell, Ph.D.

Erskine Theological Seminary

Spring 2003


Implications

“Implications”

  • Verb: imply – to involve or suggest by logical necessity; to hint; suggest.

  • Implication = that which is suggested; an indirect indication

  • Question: What are the implications of this scripture, this information, for my ministry?


Direction from scripture for pastoral care ministry

Direction from Scripture for Pastoral Care Ministry

  • Ezekiel 34 – indictment &direction

  • Psalm 78:72 – the essentials


Pastoral care what does it mean

“Pastoral Care” – What Does It Mean?

  • Pas´·tor·al NOT Pastor-i-a-l

  • Pastoral = shepherd (Latin: pāstor; verb form = to graze, feed)

  • Care = anxiety+ concern

  • Purpose of Pastoral Care/Acts of Ministry?

    • To enable persons to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.


Introduction to pastoral care ministry

  • Source: God, the Father of compassion & God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3)

  • Goal: to communicate the inner meaning of the Gospel to persons at their point of need (Carroll Wise)

  • Model: Jesus Christ

  • Guide: Scripture

  • Power: Holy Spirit

  • Vessel: Sinners, both redeemed [& unredeemed] (as God directs)

  • Purpose:to glorify God & enjoy Him.


Biblical foundations

Biblical Foundations

  • God as:

    • Creator

    • Sustainer

    • Redeemer

    • Caregiver

    • Ezek. 34; Acts 20:28, 32; I Peter 5:1-4


Theological motifs

Theological Motifs

  • Image of God

  • Sinners in need of redemption

  • Saints in need of encouragement

  • Caring for “one another”

  • Paraclete

  • Immanuel

  • The Greatest Commandment + 2nd


Pcg images metaphors

Healthy Images:

Shepherd

Holy; Wise

Disciplined & Accountable Servant

Broken Vessel - dependant upon Christ

Equipped servant

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Unhealthy Images:

Hired Hand; “wolf”

Super Saint

Wimp

Delusional Messiah

Peddler of Cheap Grace

Genderless Servant

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PCG Images & Metaphors


A model for pastoral care g wade rowatt jr pastoral care with adolescents in crisis w jkp 1989

A Model for Pastoral CareG.Wade Rowatt, Jr.,Pastoral Care with Adolescents in Crisis, W/JKP, 1989)


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