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Pastoral Care (4) In Crisis and Chronic

I have observed that churches and small groups usually respond well to crises. People rise to the occasion, they respond with generous practical displays of love and support. In fact, Christian fellowships are some of the best-equipped crisis care communities. What we don’t do so well is persevere with people when things become chronic. People whose […]

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Pastoral Care (3) Doing Life Together

We’ve previously seen how the Bible describes pastoral care as being under God, leading God’s people, by the word of God’s grace, into eternity with God. Pastoral ministry looks back to the Good Shepherd dying for his sheep and looks forward to the return of the Great Shepherd who will gather his sheep for eternity. These are […]

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Pastoral Care (2) Life Groups

Pastoral Care in Life Groups Many churches are placing a greater and greater emphasis on small groups in the shape of their ministry. They are looking to these groups to build relationships, equip people for ministry, support people in crisis, encourage personal evangelism, and offer specific and personal prayer for the members. Some leaders are finding […]

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Pastoral Care (1) Definitions and Background

Having been professionally trained as a social worker, I made the assumption for many years that pastoral care was the term for social work in the church. It was about visiting the sick, providing for the poor, counseling the messed up, befriending the lonely, caring for the needy, and helping people with their problems. This […]

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