Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century
Trends and skills for those who offer pastoral careChristian pastoral care has changed a great deal in the past few decades in response to many factors in our rapidly changing world. In part 1 of Nurturing Hope, Lynne Baab discusses...
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Trends and skills for those who offer pastoral careChristian pastoral care has changed a great deal in the past few decades in response to many factors in our rapidly changing world. In part 1 of Nurturing Hope, Lynne Baab discusses seven trends in pastoral care--shifts in who delivers pastoral care, the attitudes and commitments that undergird pastoral care, and societal trends that are shaping pastoral care today. She illustrates them with stories from diverse congregations where Christian caregivers are meeting those challenges in creative and exciting ways.In the second half of the book, Baab presents four practical, doable, energizing skills needed by pastoral carers in our time. Focusing on skills that help carers nurture connections between everyday life and Christian faith, she explores the need for carers to understand common stressors, listen, pray with others, and nurture their personal resilience.Grounded in an understanding of God as the true caregiver and healer, the author offers tips for readers who are training other pastoral carers or developing their own understanding and skills. Each chapter ends with discussion and reflection questions, making the book helpful for groups.Lynne Baab brings readers hope for their caring role and for their own spiritual journey.
Lynne M. Baab is the author of multiple books and Bible studies. A Presbyterian minister, she recently completed a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Washington. She lives with her husband in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is a lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago.
She is the author of A Renewed Spirituality; Sabbath Keeping; Fasting; Sabbath (LifeGuide Bible Study); Personality Type in Congregations; Embracing Midlife and Beating Burnout in Congregations
Her forthcoming book, Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World will release in 2011. She is also the author of three LifeGuide Bible Studies.
- Acknowledgementsintroduction: Christian Pastoral Care In The Twenty-first Centurypart One: Shifts In Pastoral Care In The Twenty-first Centurychapter 1. Pastoral Care Has Many Modelschapter 2. Teams And A Variety Of Individuals Provide Pastoral Care Chapter 3. Christian Pastoral Care Is Grounded In The Triune Godchapter 4. Christian Pastoral Care Is Missionalchapter 5. Pastoral Care Occurs Across Ethnicities And Religionschapter 6. Pastoral Care Empowerschapter 7. Pastoral Carers Consider The Web Of Relationships Part Two: Skills For Pastoral Carechapter 8. Old/new Sources Of Stress Chapter 9. Listening Skillschapter 10. Spiritual Practiceschapter 11. Resilience Chapter 12. Conclusion: Pastoral Care And Hopebibliography