PASTORAL CARE TRAINING
This is a 6 week course that equips people to serve as part of a pastoral care team in a church. Topics covered include the Biblical bases for pastoral care, basic pastoral care skills, advanced pastoral care skills, using the scriptures appropriately, hospital visitation, pastoring in the Spirit and caring for people in crisis.
Some elements in this course originate from training material written by Terry Grant, my fellow Minister and dear friend at Engadine Church of Christ, in 1988. I developed it further at Telopea Church of Christ, as we completely restructured the pastoral care ministry, adopting a radical, decentralised pastoral care model. It then became part of the training manual, “Active Christian Service”, that I wrote in 1993. It was published by Churches Of Christ, NSW, Department Of Church Development and Education, and has been used by many churches around Australia.