Introduction to Pastoral Care

Course Level: Basic

Course Summary

In this introduction to pastoral care, a course for lay parish workers and volunteers, you will be introduced to some essential scriptural, pastoral and relational considerations for effective and sensitive pastoral care in parish and community ministries.

During the course you are invited to bring your personal understanding of our loving and merciful God to the task of forming the foundations for effective and empathetic pastoral care in lay ministry. It is designed to help you to appreciate the relational nature of care and the diversity of people to whom you will minister within the parish or community. You will develop an understanding of what it means to be a minister of care and become aware of the personal qualities needed as you accompany people in their times of need. Your disposition and skills for pastoral care will be developed through personal and theological reflection on the Scriptures and readings. Through the discussion boards you will have the opportunity to engage with your on-line learning community and make connections between your own experience, theological reflection and the practical skills of the ministry of care and presence.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's.

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