Pastoral Counsellin

In: Religion Topics

Submitted By chanteelle
Words 3474
Pages 14
Often when we hear of some tragedy, be it large or small, we hear that ‘counsellors’ have gone to help those who are bereaved or traumatized by the disaster. Counselling is big business in the natural world. But counselling is also a very natural and very essential part of the Christian Church and the Christian life. With this argument postulated by McClatchey I launch my objective analysis of the question “Is Pastoral Counselling Necessary Today?” I do concur with the view that counselling is an integral and essential part of the church and Christian life. However to fully answer this question one has to first answer other fundamental questions, such as what is pastoral counselling? What is its aim and purpose? Also one must also observe the nature of pastoral counselling and its impact on the church, the home and wider society. For the purpose of this paper the proposed questions will be keenly examine so as to justly establish whether or not pastoral counselling is of any necessity in today’s society. A definition of the term ‘Pastoral Counselling’ is what be the first stride in looking at this intriguing argument. Pastoral counseling is a form of psychological counseling which incorporates spirituality into therapeutic treatment. The goal of this type of psychotherapy is to address a variety of underlying psychological needs from a faith-based perspective. As one observe this definition it is clear that pastoral counselling seeks to merge psychology and theology to aid in the counselling process. This merger might even be one factor why many Christians, theologians and spiritual individuals might be in objection of pastoral counselling and thus might be tempted to disregard the importance of pastoral counselling in today’s society William Krwan in his book confirms this concern when he purports that The relationship between psychology and theology has…...

Similar Documents

History Theology Ritual Liturgy Pastoral Issues on Confirmation as a Sacrament

...Bogachan Demirci STM 322C-170 Sacraments & Symbols Research Paper September 9, 2012 The History, Theology, Ritual/Liturgy, Pastoral Issues of Confirmation as a Sacrament “Sacraments are actions, and they function as rituals: they repeat gestures and words that are meaningful to those who perceive them. Sacraments affect more than the thoughts and feelings of participants because they have to be understood psychologically and theologically. There are seven sacraments in Catholicism: Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, The Eucharist, Penance, Anointing the Sick and Holy Orders. People learn and remember and they remember from practice of prayer and of the involvement and preparation of the sacraments. (Martos 2009). These sacraments help people work together in the Catholic Community and celebrate God every day. Mt 25 34-46. Confirmation is one of three Catholic sacraments of initiation, it connects the recipient and reveals communion with God and his grace. “Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states: by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. They are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” In the Eastern Catholic churches, Confirmation is known as Christmation and confers a, “sacramental character that cannot......

Words: 2822 - Pages: 12

Pastoral Care in Action Through the Example of the Apostle Paul and His Dealings with Philemon and Onesimus.

...Pastoral Care in action through the example of the Apostle Paul and his dealings with Philemon and Onesimus. 1. Introduction Pastoral care is a faithful ministry towards people who are in need. This ministry comes from a genuine concern for each person, caring about him as person of unique worth, and caring for him as a mutual responsibility. The Bible has many examples of care giving and it has been a constant guide for pastors in helping people who are in need. As such, this paper is an attempt to look at Pastoral Care in action through the example of the Apostle Paul and his dealings with Philemon and Onesimus. 2. The Apostle Paul: A Model for Pastoral Care A study on Apostle Paul in the New Testament will further enhance our understanding of Pastoral Care in the church. It is surprising how little attention has been directed to the apostle Paul as pastor.1 This is unfortunate, particularly because Paul’s letters are themselves the product of his pastoral activities and offer us direct and immediate access to them. 2 Moreover, we have Paul’s own testimony that his pastoral concerns loomed large in his apostolic work. After presenting a lengthy recital of his apostolic hardships he adds, ―And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches‖ (II Cor. 11:28). This is not mere rhetoric; the truth of this comment is validated on every page of the apostle’s letters. There, one sees him dealing with the needs of those for......

Words: 2116 - Pages: 9

Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling Final Project

...SOLUTION-FOCUSED PASTORAL COUNSELING FINAL PROJECT By Marlinda M. House Rhodes Student ID #: 25149472 Presented to Dr. Max Grayson Mills In partial fulfillment of the requirements of Introduction to Pastoral Counseling PACO 500 Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Lynchburg, VA August 18, 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT……………………………………………………………………………………..3 PART 1: THE COUNSELING SETTING Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling Preference…………………………………....4 PART 2: THE COUNSELING STYLE Rational of Style and Assessments……………………………………………………….5 Overview Check and Balance………………………………………………………....6 PART 3: The Counseling Structure Strategy Phase 1 The Event…………………………………………………………………....7 Phase 2 Preferred Solutions………………………………………………………….….8 Phase 3 The Path to Change……………………………………………………….…9 Phase 4 Covenants for Success …………………………………………………………9 PART 4: Counseling Summation Supportive Approach ……………………………………………………………..10 ...

Words: 13945 - Pages: 56

Educator in a Pastoral Role

... CONTENTS Title Page no. SECTION ONE: BACKGROUND 1 Introduction........................................................................................................2 2.1 Interpretation of Tina’s story.........................................................................3 1.2 Effects.................................................................................................................4 1.2.1 Effects of child abuse..............................................................................4 1.2.2 Effects of sexual abuse and emotional abuse...........................................5 1.3 Maslow’s hierarchy of needs................................................................................6 SECTION TWO: GUIDANCE FOR TINA 2.1 Definition of counselling........................................................................................7 2.2 Differentiation between counselling and support for learning problems.............8 2.3 Phenomenon of child trauma and its effects..........................................................9 2.4 Differentiation between parental involvement and parental counselling...........10 2.5 Learning intervention program.......................................................................... 2.6 Guidelines taken into account............................................................................ INTRODUCTION SECTION ONE: BACKGROUND One of the most important roles of...

Words: 3282 - Pages: 14

Pastoral Care Counseling (Is Your Pastor Qualified) - Survey

...group and what are their roles.) Yes: No: Age Group: 18-25: 26-35: 36-45: 46-55: 56-65: 66-75: 76+ . (Either single or as an average) How long have you been in the ministry (Either collective or as an average)? 0-5: 6-15: 16-25: 26-35: 36-55: 56+ . How many are under your following or under your care: SURVEY THOUGHTS — A few months before I started attending RU for my degree I came across a document that gave a clearer and more “religious” meaning to the two terms Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling, they went like this: Pastoral Care – Refers to the overall ministry of the pastor. This ministry includes preaching, teaching, discipline, nurturing people caring in times of need, etc. Pastoral Counseling – This is a more specialized aspect of pastoral care. It involves helping individuals, families or groups as they cope with the pressures and crises of life by means of deliberation ,” (Glanville). 1. What is your ministry (Who, What, Where, With, Age Group, etc.)? 2. What is your view on psychology/counseling or Christian counselors? 3. What is your church’s view on psychology/counseling or Christian counselors? 4. Do you as the Pastor/Missionary offer counseling, and if so what kind? If not should you, and what kind? 5. How much training and how qualified are you......

Words: 1746 - Pages: 7

The Pastoral Role

...light on the purpose of these gifts, “For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the status which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). This singular purpose, of equipping and building, produces an equally singular result – maturity in the life of the believer. There certainly are a number of other tasks and functions for the pastor to fulfill, but as I read these verses in Ephesians, the purpose of the pastor seems clear. Over my fifteen-plus years of fulltime, vocational ministry, I have seen some disturbing trends. I believe that ministry, pastoral ministry specifically, is a powerful and significant call, but I have seen many pastors fall into the trap of operating in an office outside of that which they have been called to. Sometimes this is based in a desire for notoriety, other times a desire for more money, or perhaps even because their intentions were good, but they simply allowed themselves to get off track a little. I have seen pastors attempt to function as an evangelist, giving their all for the lost while completely neglecting those who are already in the household of faith. Additionally, I have seen pastors who attempt to fill the role of a prophet, where they are so heavenly-minded that they’re no earthly good; operating in a strong “Thus sayeth the Lord” type of......

Words: 4747 - Pages: 19

Pastoral Counselling Competencies of the Convention Baptist Ministers’ Association Janiuay-Badiangan Circuit Members

...METHODS OF RESEARCH (FND 501) ROSENDO D. MIJE FORTUNATO J. BASAL Researcher Course Facilitator RESEARCH PROPOSAL: PASTORAL COUNSELLING COMPETENCIES OF THE CONVENTION BAPTIST MINISTERS’ ASSOCIATION JANIUAY-BADIANGAN CIRCUIT MEMBERS INTRODUCTION: At any time, we can face uncertainties and experiences that threaten our emotional and spiritual well-being. Caught off-guard by the numerous crises and transitions that accompany life, we may not know how to cope or where to turn for help. Some people turn to psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers for help in coping with these crises and transitions. Others look for support and the opportunity to discuss these issues within a spiritual context. But can one find spiritual help and psychotherapy at the same time? Most religious leaders have little time or training to provide in-depth and extensive therapy. And most psychotherapists have little training or desire to discuss in-depth spiritual matters during sessions with patients. The answer may be pastoral counseling. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK: According to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) pastoral counseling is a form of psychotherapy that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. The central theme in pastoral counseling is an awareness of the spiritual dimension in human wholeness. Crises and transitions are addressed in terms such as faith, meaning,......

Words: 855 - Pages: 4

The Educator in Pastoral Role

...Educator in a Pastoral RoleBy zaheer0027 | April 2013 Page 1 of 14 SECTION 1 1.1 Tina is an adolescent. At 11 years old she has not yet developed, nor is she expected to have developed, a strong mental (or physical for that matter) capacity to process all negative and/or traumatic experiences that life has already thrown at her. She is at a very impressionable age.There are various points to keep in mind with respect to her unique situation viz. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. She is very young and vulnerable being 11 years old Her father was not present in her life having walked out when she was 3 years old It is very possible her mother had a slew of relationships with other men whilst she was growing up Tina’s mother is not a rational individual. It is clear her mother’s frustration has boiled over and blaming Tina for her failed marriage Mother remarried bringing a new set of dynamics to her life. The mother is working hard at keeping her new marriage afloat and is clearly not supportive of Tina The step brother is quite old compared to Tina and Tina would look at him as a protective figure in her life No mention is made of the attitude of the step father towards tina so i am inclined to assume he has not abused either emotionally or physically and is of sound mindFrom this summary it is evident Tina, at 11 years old, has endured severe and potentially lifelong trauma. Tina has grown up without a solid father figure in her life. A man/father-figure is seen as the solid rock or......

Words: 603 - Pages: 3

The Prevalence of Hiv/Aids Amongst the Pastoral Communities over Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia

...The Human Immune Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have been identified as a major threat to pastoral communities over East Africa. The regional governments have given little attention to this problem due to the perception that Pastoralisms is economically inefficient and environmentally destructive. The study was carried over Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda to assess the current state of HIV/AIDS prevalence amongst the pastoral communities using desktop review and expert judgment opinion. In Kenya, about 8million people of Kenyan population depend on pastoralism. In Tanzania the livestock sector contributes about 6.1% to the national Gross Domestic Products (GDP). In Uganda 17% of GDP is accounted for by the sector and about 9% of the national GDP in Ethiopia. In the pastoral districts the average prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst the community is estimated at 5.7% with this figure expected to increase. The infection rates are being accelerated by factors related to human rights and gender, socio-cultural environment and lack of HIV/AIDS awareness and stigmatization. The HIV/AIDS is not recognized at policy level as a major problem facing Pastoralisms yet the statistics show increasing population of HIV/AIDS victims. The communities refuse to admit the presence and impact of HIV/AIDS within their families with high stigma attached to the affected and infected. The number of livestock has been diminishing through sales to pay the medical......

Words: 275 - Pages: 2

Reflecting on Pastoral Counseling

...Pastoral Counseling Reflection Paper Joyce Gerald Liberty University Table of Contents Abstract 3 Rationale for Class Enrollment 4 Handling Anger with Online Clients 5 Is it Easier to Label than Support? 6 The Hardest Thing to Counsel an Individual about is Forgiveness 7 Conclusion 9 References 11 Abstract The author presents a reflection on the class content presented during the first week of PACO 500:BO1. The author has limited pastoral counseling experiences that stem from an online ministry. The majority of the counseling experiences are conducted online view confidential instant messaging and or a closed prayer group. The construct of pastoral care through the medium of counseling is an area of interest that warrants further study and research. The support materials presented through class lectures have afforded the author a clinical and biblical viewpoint of pastoral counseling. The processes and methodologies presented in the readings infer that all person who are in need of counseling benefit from the materials presented in this class. The lecture notes and online resources provided for pastoral care fledglings under pines the foundation that is being laid for effective pastoral counseling. The readings for week one are the main focus of this reflection. Rationale for Class Enrollment Being the leader of an online ministry is a daunting task at best. However, providing the type of care, counseling, and communication within this venue...

Words: 2434 - Pages: 10

The Pastoral in Keats

...‘’Where is the Pastoral Tradition in Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale?’’ Two hundred years after the Renaissance period in England, critics became concerned in the reasoning behind John Keats’s poetry. They searched many of the origins of the poet’s references to his works and this gave assistance into asserting that he was a poet in search of the ideal to escape from the real world of ‘’fever and fret’’. (Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale: stanza 3) This is due to the experience of cruel disappointments in his personal life. Ode to a Nightingale is a fine example of the cruel disappointments that Keats faced in life for he wrote the Ode soon after the death of his brother Tom who was suffering from tuberculosis. In one of Keats’s personal letters (Gittings 1970: letter 263) Keats claimed that he and his brothers could never count on any happiness lasting – that they were continually confronting death in the family. Keats shows this pain in stanza 3 of the poem: ‘’Here, where men sit and hear each other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs, Where youth grows pale and spectre-thin, and dies;’’ (Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale: stanza 3) However, Ode to a Nightingale also portrays Keats’s escape from the cold realities of life. It is through this ‘escape’ that I am going to shape this essay into the pastoral tradition. My main focus shall be how the Ode offers a resemblance to a poem of pastoral retirement but has a pastoral elegy concealed within it. The...

Words: 3406 - Pages: 14

The Engagement and Acceptance of Diversity Is a Major Challenge in Preaching and Pastoral Care

...OUTLINE THE ENGAGEMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF DIVERSITY IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE IN PREACHING AND PASTORAL CARE SUBMITTED TO IN FULFILLMENT OF THE MID-TERM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE PREACHING AND PASTORAL CARE BY I. The Engagement and Acceptance of Diversity Is a Major Challenge in Preaching and Pastoral Care II. Introduction Although Jesus preached the acceptance of others regardless of cultural, racial and socioeconomic background, this acceptance of people who are different from us is an age old challenge that is grounded in biology and social science. The principle of homophily (i.e., “love of the same”) states that there is a tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others. ("homophily" 2015) The presence of homophily has been discovered in a vast array of network studies that have observed homophily in some form or another and they establish that similarity breeds connections. (McPherson, Smith-Lovin and Cook 2001) These include age, gender, class and organizational roles. (Retica 2006) Individuals in homophilic relationships share common characteristics (e.g., beliefs, values, education, etc.) that make communication and relationship formation easier. Homophily often leads to homogamy – marriage between people with similar characteristics. (McPherson, Smith-Lovin and Cook 2001) The types of homophily include likeness based on geography, family ties, organizational foci such as school, work and......

Words: 1100 - Pages: 5

Pastoral Counseling Theory Paper

...relationships are based on understanding, acceptance, empathy and, a willingness to express faith in a clients’ ability to change. Another goal is to focus on behaviour and the present. Glasser (1988) believes that behaviour-that is, thought and action- is interrelated with feeling and physiology. Thus a change in behaviour also brings about other positive changes (Gladding, 2005, p.95) Finally, reality therapy aims to eliminate both fear of punishment and excuses from the clients’ lives. The therapist helps clients formulate new plans if old ones do not work. The emphasis is on planning, revision, and eventual success, regardless of setbacks. The entire procedure empowers clients and enables them to be more productive. This is my target as a pastoral caregiver to my clients. The Treatment Process and Techniques use by the Therapists of Reality therapy Reality therapy relies on action-oriented techniques that help clients realize that they have choices in how they respond to events and people and that others do not control them any more than they control others (Glasser, 1998). Some of the more effective and active techniques are teaching, employing humor, confronting, role playing, giving feedback, formulating specific plans, and making contracts. Reality therapy relies heavily on teaching as a primary technique. There is involvement between counsellors and clients in which clients begin to face reality and see that behaviour is unrealistic. Second, counsellors reject......

Words: 3472 - Pages: 14

Education in a Pastoral Role.

...President Thabo Mbeki President of South Africa Pretoria 16 October 2000 Dear Mr President This report is the third of my quarterly reports to you. The main purpose of these reports is to brief you on progress in relation to specific strategic objectives that we have set ourselves in taking the project of education transformation further. Even though each of these reports has a specific objective and focus, there is an intended element of continuity between the reports as we seek to assess whether or not we are achieving the intended cumulative gains in turning around the crisis in education that I expounded upon in my Call to Action released on 27 July 1999. The content of this report therefore seeks to review the state of progress against the background of the baseline sketched in the first two reports. This report is also different from the first two reports in one significant dimension. I have elected for this analysis to be much more analytical than the first two reports. This is reflected in the different methodology employed in conducting the analyses contained in this report. The analyses presented in the first two reports were based on information obtained from questionnaires administered in all the Provincial Education Departments. For this report, I deployed teams of senior officials to visit each of the provinces to solicit information first hand and to engage in conversations with senior political and professional officials responsible for education in the......

Words: 6673 - Pages: 27

The Educator in a Pastoral Role

...The educator in a pastoral role Registration period: Semester 2, 2015 Student surname │ number: Mennell │ 50918818 TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE ASSIGNMENT RUBRIC 1 1 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 2 2 SECTION 2: GUIDANCE FOR MARY 5 2.1 Concepts 5 2.2 Phenomenon of child trauma, and the effects of trauma on Mary’s life 6 2.2.1 Phenomenon of child trauma 6 2.2.2 Effects of trauma on Mary’s life 7 2.3 Parental involvement and parental counselling 8 2.4 An individual and learning intervention program for Mary 9 2.4.1 Important guidelines to take into account 9 2.4.2 Reference to the problems in terms of Mary’s subjects 9 2.4.3 Reporting the abuse, involving support services, and involving Mary’s mother 9 SOURCES CONSULTED 11 ASSIGNMENT RUBRIC According to Best, Lang, Lodge and Watkins (1995:63), one of the most important roles of an educator in a school is to assist learners pastorally. (See your study guide, p. 2) Read the following scenario: “I felt like nothing made sense… .” I am Mary. When I was 11 years old, my mum’s new boyfriend moved in with us. I thought it would be good for mum cos she had a drinking problem and was depressed, and I thought it would make her feel better having him there. At first he was ok and bought me presents, but then mostly he ignored me. Then after a few months he started doing things that made me nervous, like when I was ...

Words: 4970 - Pages: 20

4.2 out of 5 stars | Smallfoot | En La Sombra HDTV