Tend My Flock
A timely handbook that provides essential guidelines in an area that has become a minefield for practitioners, Tend My Flock aims to increase confidence and foster better standards in pastoral care. Addressing real issues that arise, it explores the healing,...
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A timely handbook that provides essential guidelines in an area that has become a minefield for practitioners, Tend My Flock aims to increase confidence and foster better standards in pastoral care. Addressing real issues that arise, it explores the healing, sustaining, guiding and reconciling dimensions of pastoral care and offers practical help and direction in fulfilling this vocation, including: setting and maintaining boundaries maintaining confidentiality and trust, accountability and responsibility, recognizing and dealing with risky situations. Practical tips, case studies, legal advice and questions for reflection are included throughout.
Tend My Flock is a companion and guide for ordained and lay ministers seeking to live their pastoral ministry well, amid all the complexities and pressures of contemporary society. Much pastoral care is exercised with integrity and sensitivity and yet there are many potential hazards. "Tend My Flock" addresses issues which often remain unspoken, inviting dialogue, reflection, honest self-examination and the courage to share struggles and dilemmas with colleagues, friends in ministry and family members. It offers practical, tried and tested guidance in key areas including: confidentiality and trust; power, authority and vulnerability; setting and maintaining boundaries; safeguarding health and well-being; maintaining positive personal relationships; and, transition, loss and bereavement.
KATE LITCHFIELD is Diocesan Counsellor in the Diocese of Norwich. She has worked with clergy, a tutor in pastoral care and a legal advisor in developing this handbook. She lives in Norwich.