PA510CE Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care

Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care

This course will explore the principles of Pastoral Theology and their application through the ministry of pastoral care.

Most people enter ministry with the desire to serve others and to faithfully accompany them in both the joys and challenges of life. This course will help students prepare for ministry by developing an awareness of the power of pastoral presence and building skills of pastoral care particularly in preparation for difficult situations.

Required Texts

  1. Baars, Conrad W., MD. Feeling and Healing Your Emotions. Ed. Suzanne M. Baars and Bonnie N. Shayne. Newberry, FL: Bridge Logos, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88270-966-6
  2. Groeschel, Benedict J. Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development. New York: Crossroad, 1984. ISBN: 978-0-82450-628-5
  3. Killen, Patricia O’Connell and John DeBeer. The Art of Theological Reflection. New York: Crossroad, 1994/2011. ISBN 978-0-82451-401-3
  4. May, Gerald G., MD. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. New York: Harper, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-06112-243-9
  5. Pope Benedict XVI. Sickness: Spiritual Thoughts Series. Washington, DC: USCCB, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-60137-137-9