The Practice of Pastoral Care: a postmodern approach by Carrie DoehringThe Practice of Pastoral Care has become a popular seminary textbook for courses in pastoral care and a manual for clinical pastoral education. In it, Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through a trifocal lens that incorporates premodern, modern, and postmodern approaches to religious and psychological knowledge. Doehring describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver's life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establishing the actual relationship. This new edition elaborates on and expands the author's previous work, adding an intercultural perspective that gives more attention to religious pluralism in the pastoral care setting. It offers a road map for using a step-by-step narrative, relational, embodied approach to spiritual care that respects the unique ways people live out their values and beliefs, especially in coping with stress, loss, and violence. Readers will be able to confidently and professionally offer pastoral care and counseling to members of their congregations or other places of ministry.
Call Number: BV4011.3 .D64 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-02
Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: a practical clergy and chaplain's handbook by Stephen B. RobertsThe first comprehensive resource for spiritual and pastoral caregivers--a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, chaplains, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. This essential resource integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the latest approaches to spiritual care. It is specifically intended for professionals who work or spend time with congregants in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities. Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are experts in their fields, and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations. Contributors include: Rev. Nancy K. Anderson * Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr. * Dr. Nancy Berlinger * Rev. W. L. (Bill) Bross * Rev. Robin C. Brown-Haithco * Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas * Paula DeAngelo * Chaplain D. W. Donovan * Dr. George Fitchett * Rev. Bill Gaventa * Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein * Chaplain Dr. Daniel Grossoehme * Sr. Norma Gutierrez * Rev. George Handzo * Rev. Curtis W. Hart * Rev. Brian Hughes * Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs * Chaplain Gerald L. Jones * Rev. Robert A. Kidd * Rev. Yoke Lye Kwong * Rev. Michele J. Guest Lowery * Rev. Marcia Marino * Rev. Lynne M. Mikulak * Rev. Nancy Osborne * Rev. Jon Overvold * Rev. Brent Peery * Chaplain Linda F. Piotrowski * Rev. David B. Plummer * Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts * Rev. Dr. Glenn A. Robitaille * Chaplain Timothy G. Serban * Bishop Dr. Teresa E. Snorton * Rev. Dr. Dane R. Sommer * Rabbi Dr. Shira Stern * Rev. Jo Clare Wilson * Rev. Sue Wintz
Call Number: BV4011.3 .P76 2012
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context by Michael W. FossPastoral leadership has always been challenging, but leaders today face unprecedented challenges. In such times, leaders can benefit from a wise mentor who understands the terrain and can chart a way forward. In Reviving the Congregation, Michael W. Foss, bestselling author of Power Surge, steps forward as that mentor.Bringing decades of experience in congregational life and leadership and a winsome style to the work, Foss offers a compelling introduction to the new context in which we lead, and the personal and congregational strategies that will offer a way forward.
Call Number: Available as an e-book
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
The Wounded Healer: ministry in contemporary society by Henri J. M. NouwenThe Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
A Noble Quest: cultivating spirituality in Catholic adolescents by Arthur D. CanalesA Noble Quest: Cultivating Spirituality in Catholic Adolescents addresses adolescent spirituality and explores and explains the various approaches and methods that can be successfully implemented to cultivate holistic Christian spirituality in Catholic teenagers. The book is chalked full of practical examples and suggestions, ministry strategies, and pastoral activities that will engage the reader toward integrating them with their own teenage son or daughter, as well as in their parish. Although the book is written for those who work directly with young people--youth ministers, D.R.E.''s, high school campus ministers, theology teachers, and coaches--the book is an excellent resource for anyone who stands by, for, and with young people: bishops, priests, deacons, lay ministers, parents, catechists, and volunteer youth leaders. The book will engage and encourage the reader on his/her own spiritual journey and can be enjoyed individually and used in small faith sharing church groups, as well. The book does not try to "re-invent the wheel," but instead provides pragmatic ways for youth workers and parents to foster a richer and more meaningful interior life within young people. It utilizes the already fertile tradition of the Christian heritage to empower Catholic adolescents in their quest for becoming more spiritual. The bulk of the book is six chapters not including a brief forward, introduction, and conclusion, which all merit reading. The Forward is written by Dr. Robert J. McCarty, the Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (Washington, DC). He discusses the importance of adolescent spirituality to American teenage culture today and the impact that spirituality has upon Church as a whole. He ends with a set of ministry challenges for Catholic youth ministry in the United States. The book''s Introduction, there are a couple of important questions asked, "Why this book?" "What is Catholic adolescent spirituality?" Both questions give a cursory answers to the question which moves the reader to ''dive deeper'' into the book and to discover the world of adolescent spirituality. The Conclusion highlights Catholic adolescent spirituality and offers pragmatic solutions and pastoral strategies for those who work with young people. The book also offers a few challenges to the U.S. Catholic Church, with respect to comprehensive youth ministry and being better at cultivating spirituality in Catholic teenagers. The book''s first chapter is entitled "Approaching Adolescents" and is a laconic examination of the period of adolescence from a physiological, psychological, and sociological perspective. The chapter looks at adolescent identity, adolescent culture, and adolescent conversion. It offers insight about the the areas that are important for American adolescents today, such as teenage attitudes and behavior. The second chapter is entitled "Defining, Describing, and Situating Catholic Adolescent Spirituality." It provides vital descriptions from various adolescent specialists concerning adolescent spirituality. This chapter highlights a number of definitions of adolescent spirituality and places adolescent spirituality in the context of the Catholic Church and comprehensive youth ministry. It also offers a few general methods for strengthening adolescent spirituality. The third chapter of the book is entitled "Strengthening Eucharistic Spirituality in Catholic Adolescents" and offers the readers 3 great ways to boaster spirituality in Catholic teenagers through the official liturgies of the Church. This being Sunday Eucharist (Mass), Liturgy of the Hours (structured daily prayer), and the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharistic adoration). The chapter discusses the importance of engaging teenagers in prayer and the worship life of the Church. It presents pastoral strategies for each style of prayer that challenges pastors and youth ministers alike. In the fourth chapter, "The Usefulness of 12 Pastoral Practices for Cultivating Spirituality in Catholic Adolescents," the 12 virtues, traits, disciplines, and practices that have empowered Christians on their quest for greater spiritual awareness are explored. Each of the 12 practices--Bible time, contemplation, honesty, introspection, journaling, meditation, music, prayer, retreats, Rosary, spiritual direction, and time usage--are tried and true and can help strengthen spirituality in Catholic young people. The fifth chapter, "Three Appropriate Spiritual Practices for Cultivating Catholic Adolescent Spirituality," investigates 3 practices for people who work with youth may want to integrate to help Catholic juveniles become more spiritually attuned. The 3 spiritual practices--meditation, contemplation, and spiritual direction--are studied in-depth and concentrate on strategies and activities that help to foster an ardent sense of Christian spirituality. The sixth chapter, "Strengths and Limitations of the Pastoral Practices of Cultivating Adolescent Spirituality in Catholic Youth Ministry Settings," explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of solely using a model for youth ministry that focuses primarily or exclusively on spiritual attainment or spiritual awareness. It is a introspective chapter about the realities of trying to cultivate and strengthen Christian spirituality in Catholic adolescents. There is also an extensive bibliography for the student of adolescent spirituality and youth ministry, as well as footnotes that entertain further insights and reflection. Finally, there are small group discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The questions are intended to engage the reader personally, but also be be used in a group setting such as in a seminar, workshop, college classroom, or ministry setting. A Noble Quest: Cultivating Spirituality in Catholic Adolescents is an insightful and spiritual read. Being both theological and practical it challenges and exhorts Christian adolescent spirituality today. The book will find a home in academic and pastoral settings and will be in the mainstream of Catholic youth ministry and adolescent spirituality for years to come. A must read for any youth worker!
Call Number: BX2347.8 .Y6 C363 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-20
Poetic Youth Ministry: learning to love young people by letting them go by Jason Lief; Andrew Root (Foreword by)Current research shows what many in the Christian community already know: young people are leaving the church. This raises important questions: Why are young people leaving? How can the church respond? Some have responded to this issue out of a posture of fear and anxiety, trying to find new ways to strengthen doctrinal beliefs or practices of faith formation and discipleship. What if the best response isn't to strengthen our theology or tighten our hold on the lives of young people? What if the best response is a posture of love that lets young people go? Using the insights of philosopher Charles Taylor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Poetic Youth Ministry argues that the church must take seriously the formative power of social and cultural patterns that shape the social imaginaries of young people. Rather than seeing the problem as young people abandoning faith, the Christian community should see the issue as young people exchanging one form of faith for another. This allows the church to approach the issue from a posture of love, calling young people to embrace their identity in the new humanity revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Call Number: BV4447 .L54 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-22
Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: forming Christian identity among skeptics, syncretists and sincere believers of other faiths by Len Kageler; Chap Clark (Foreword by); Chapin D. ClarkIn simpler, more homogenous times, youth ministry was a relatively straightforward activity. The church's youth gathered (occasionally inviting their unchurched friends from school), played together, sang together and listened together to a message from a bright, engaging youth minister, selecting from a relatively defined set of topics: "What does it mean to follow Jesus when it comes to _______?"Now Christian youth must make sense of their faith, with its exclusive claims, in light of their close friends who are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, "other" or even "none." And increasingly other religions are taking their cues for rooting and establishing their youth from Christian ministry practices, so that our kids are being invited to outreach events sponsored by other faiths. Veteran youth minister and researcher Len Kageler digs into the data surrounding this exciting multifaith era and offers surprising confidence that our kids can be guided into mature Christian faith while simultaneously learning to love their neighbors of other religions.
Call Number: Available for request via Interlibrary Loan
Publication Date: 2014-04-24
Youth Pastor: the theology and practice of youth ministry by Houston HeflinA youth pastor--whether paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, right out of college or right out of retirement--has a big job to do. Actually, anyone who accepts God's call to help young people grow as disciples of Christ has several big jobs to do. The youth minister must be a teacher who can communicate the essentials of the faith; a friend who can listen to and be present with young peop≤ a prophet who challenges teens to live lives of justice and righteousness; and an administrator who can manage the day-to-day logistics of youth ministry. Youth Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry provides a biblical and theological grounding for the many jobs a youth minister does, explains what each of these jobs entails, and helps youth pastors identify where their gifts lie and where they still need to grow. Whether you are a first-time youth minister or a seasoned youth ministry veteran, Youth Pastor gives you valuable tools for evaluating your ministry and vocation. It also serves as an excellent text for undergraduate courses in youth ministry. Table of Contents: Introduction Chapter 1 Becoming All Things in Ministry Chapter 2 Discipling Teacher Chapter 3 Evangelistic Missionary Chapter 4 Pastoral Shepherd Chapter 5 Organized Administrator Chapter 6 Bold Prophet Chapter 7 Compassionate Priest Chapter 8 Spiritual Friend Chapter 9 Equipping Recruiter Chapter 10 Visionary Leader Chapter 11 Faithful Teammate Chapter 12 Discover Your Ministry Style Epilogue: Character and Competence in Ministry Appendix: Youth Ministry Role Inventory
Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry by Thomas East; Ann Marie Eckert; Dennis Kurtz; Brian Singer-TownsAre you struggling in your parish to implement a dynamic youth ministry program that truly engages young people?Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministryis the result of a research collaboration between the Center for Ministry Development and Saint Mary's Press, and it outlines the proven strategies that have worked for the most successful Catholic youth ministry programs across the United States. Each chapter includes research results on best practices for youth ministry, quotes from youth and adults, and practical ideas for implementing successful youth programs. If you are truly committed to creating a more youth-friendly parish, you'll want to read this book!
Help! I'm a Pastor: a guide to parish ministry by Richard Stoll Armstrong; Kirk Walker Morledge; George Gallup (Foreword by)Richard Armstrong and Kirk Morledge present this practical guide for pastoral ministry, offering counsel about a wide range of topics related to a pastor's professional ministry and personal life. Topics include beginning a new ministry, balancing one's personal life and ministry, wrestling with conflict, worrying about church finances, and preaching. This introduction to ministry can function as a textbook as well as an invaluable handbook or desk reference for pastors in the midst of congregational ministry.
Call Number: Available for request (place hold) and Interlibrary Loan
Publication Date: 2005-03-22
Lay Ecclesial Ministry by Zeni FoxThe role of lay ecclesial ministers-professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles-is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church. Building on the themes of the first official document addressing lay ecclesial ministry, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005, this book delves deeply into key topics. Authors reflect on dimensions of the Catholic tradition to enrich our understanding of this new reality of lay ministry in the church, to envision future developments, and to offer inspiration. Contributors draw on a variety of theological perspectives, including canon law, church history, ecclesiology, liturgy, and scripture, to ground understanding of lay ecclesial ministry within the Catholic tradition and to chart direction for further response to this newly emergent ministry. The book also offers inspiration and models of service to lay ministers, looking to stories of the saints and communities of vowed religious. Lay Ecclesial Ministry is an essential resource for the Catholic community in understanding and building upon this new and increasingly important component of church life.
Mothering as Metaphor for Ministry by Emma PercyDrawing together original research which weaves together ideas from theology, philosophy, feminism and writing on mothering and child development, Percy affirms and encourages aspects of good practice in ministry that are in danger of being overlooked because they are neither well-articulated nor valued. Offering a fresh look at parish ministry, this book uses a maternal metaphor to provide an integrated image of being and doing.
Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community by Charles W. DahmYoungsters are invited to dress an engaging paper doll family of 4 bright-eyed monkeys. Among the 145 costume stickers for Mama, Papa, Big Sister and Little Brother are sandals, sneakers, slippers, hair ornaments, tote bags, jewelry, assorted toys, and other charming accessories. All can be applied to the figures repeatedly for hours of fun-filled play.
Pastors in Transition by Dean R. Hoge; Jacqueline E. WengerWhether they leave out of preference for another ministry or due to serious conflict, pastors who relinquish parish ministry face misunderstanding and even hostility. Pastors in Transition brings clarity to this little-examined aspect of the pastorate by examining the main reasons why pastors in five Protestant denominations have left parish ministry. The fruit of careful sociological research, Pastors in Transition presents the findings of the largest-ever study of recently ended ministries. More than 900 ex-ministers, representing the Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church, were surveyed or interviewed. Besides gathering facts and figures, the book contains personal stories, forthright opinions, and concrete recommendations from former pastors for strengthening parish ministry in the future.
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Urban Ministry by Ronald E. PetersA comprehensive introduction to the particular challenges and opportunities of congregational ministry in urban settings. Urban ministry has long been a part of seminary curricula, but a basic and definitive understanding of what students should know as they prepare for congregational ministry in the city has remained elusive. Too often it is assumed that the theological resources developed for ministry in other settings are adequate for urban ministry, but these resources fail to account for the unique challenges and opportunities of the urban setting. Ronald Peters clarifies the nature of urban ministry as a theological discipline by showing how its core values of love, justice, community, and reconciliation (among others) engage the issues of economics, education, family life, public health, ethnic relations, and religious life in the urban environment. Arguing that the city has always served as an arena of God's activity, Peters articulates a theological rationale for urban ministry that is both hopeful and yet realistic, affirming that God loves the city and its people and encouraging practitioners to do the same.
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