It’s so easy for pastors to spend their time putting out ‘fires’ which have cropped up among the people under their care while neglecting other important aspects of their role. This unit is about learning to be proactive rather than reactive in pastoral care, and how to set up churches so that care occurs naturally in groups and not just through the lead pastor.
As part of the unit, an experienced local pastor will take the students through theology of pastoral care before looking at how church structures and training can help develop a church’s care culture. Throughout the Semester students also have the opportunity to learn how to pastor people through different stages of life including marriage, divorce, and illness.
This unit also gives students the opportunity to explore areas of interest, ranging from the pastoral care model of the puritans to pastoral care in a particular book of the Bible.
Given that ministry can be so word-focused, this unit ensures students focus on pastoring as well as they preach, on loving while exhorting. Ultimately, the aim is for this unit to start developing in them the heart of a pastor.
|Prerequisites||48 credit points of Elective foundational level units. Best taken after some Bible/Theology in the third or fourth year.|
|When||Semester 2, 2019|
Section B: Pastoral Care in the Stages of Life (60%)