Orientation to Pastoral Work, Class #4 of 5: Pastoral Care and Attention

Class #4. PA Pastoral Care and Attention (October)
The Church as a Family of God, part 2.

  • The church as a “functional family of God where Jesus is Lord and people grow.”
  • “mending” the nets and “equipping” the saints – καταρτισμoν = “perfecting”
  • Responding to human pain; personal detachment and “a nonanxious presence”
  • Recognizing dysfunction, addiction, family roles, systemic problems.
  • Community building (Peck) and congregational health; the outcome of listening.

Application: Organizing for Healthy Communication
Organizing for Pastoral Care: respond to crisis methodically.
Supportive Listening instead of problem-solving. Pastoral support is NOT counseling.
Attention builds community; “howdy” calls, “walk slowly through the crowd.”
Organizing “staying in touch” ministries.
Specific stress transitions: death, funerals, grief, child birth, weddings, divorce
“We are a functional family of God where Jesus is Lord and people grow.”
Building community by paying Attention to people: methods of contact and building community: Phone calls, visits, office visits, Facebook, cards, letters, email, etc.
“Safe Sanctuaries” concerns. Healthy boundaries.

Outcome: within one month, when requested, you will be able to explain your personal pastoral care system to your DS or mentor, and show your work in the form of written checklists and processes to pastorally “keep in touch” with the congregation and community.


Textbooks: Book of Discipline and Pastoral Expectations (IGRC booklet)

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Quotes “From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2016 [are] Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.” Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

These blog posts attempt to provide a practical, helpful orientation to pastoral work in the Kaskaskia River District, Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church for persons beginning their ministry, particularly laypersons supplying smaller churches. Like all free advice, they are intended to begin a conversation, should be prayed over carefully and thoughtfully applied after thinking them through.

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