It’s so easy for pastors to spend their time putting out ‘fires’ that have cropped up among the people under their care while neglecting other important aspects of their role. This subject 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 subject, 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.
You will also have 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 subject ensures students focus on pastoring as well as they preach, on loving while exhorting. Ultimately, the aim is for this subject to start developing in them the heart of a pastor.
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|Workload||One semester, 12 credit points||One semester, 12 credit points|
|Prerequisites||48 credit points of core foundational subjects||48 credit points of core foundational subjects|
|Teacher||Richard Trist||Richard Trist|
Section A: Biblical and Theological Perspectives
Section B: Pastoral Care in the Stages of Life
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 10 hours of study time per week for this advanced subject.