COS 113 - Pastoral Care for Spiritual Formation


July 10-18, 2014

Instructor: Dr. Karen Dalton
Contact: kdalton@cst.edu / 909-447-2534

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Course Description

This course will explore the caring presence and actions of the pastor as a form of spiritual leadership and formation. Skills of effective pastoral care will be presented and practiced, including effective listening and response skills, awareness of cultural differences, timely intervention, and appropriate referral. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their personal strengths, need for growth in developing relational skills, self-care, and the development of personal spiritual practices -- all in the context of the community of faith.

Course Objectives

  1. Development of the pastor’s identity as a spiritual leader and caregiver, with emphasis on the need for continuing spiritual and professional growth.
  2. Instruction, practice, and feedback on basic communication skills including verbal and non- verbal communication.
  3. Examination of basic methods for dealing with developmental issues and life crises, including when and how to refer to other sources of assistance.
  4. Exploration of ethical issues including confidentiality, personal and professional boundaries, and the pastor’s legal responsibilities.
  5. Introduction to Wesleyan understandings of spirituality and spiritual practice.
  6. Exploration of the role of prayer, Scripture, and the spiritual resources of the faith community in pastoral care.

Required Textbooks

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, A Primer in Pastoral Care. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8006-3760-7

John Savage, Listening and Caring Skills in Ministry. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996. ISBN 0-687-01716-5

Judith A. Schwanz, Blessed Connections: Relationships That Sustain Vital Ministry. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2008. ISBN 978-1-56699-356-2

Suggested Textbooks

Cari Jackson, The Gift to Listen, the Courage to Hear. Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8066-4552-0

Ronald W. Richardson, Creating a Healthier Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8006-2955-8

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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