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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.
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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)