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The Caring Church: A Guide for Lay Pastoral Care

The Caring Church: A Guide for Lay Pastoral Care

The principles outlined here help laypersons develop or refine the skills needed for a ministry of healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling. Specific topics include interpersonal communication, hospital and shut-in visitation, and grief counseling.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800626181
  • eBook ISBN 9781451409772
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 128
  • Publication Date September 1, 1991


"Howard Stone has given a very useful gift to parish ministers and their congregations in this very concise, clearly written, practical, lucidly illustrated book. [His] contribution . . . grows out of the accumulation of practical experience, as well as scholarship."
— David K. Switzer, Journal of Pastoral Care

"A practical book, this summary of the author's seminars can be an aid in achieving what many pastors speak much of but do little about, i.e., getting the laity active in the ministry of the church."
— Donald Ratcliff, Journal of Psychology and Theology

Table of Contents

  1. Preface

  2. Pastoral Care and the Ministry of the Laity
  3. Lay Pastoral Care from a Theological Perspective
  4. A Training Model for Getting Started
  5. Session 1: What Is Lay Pastoral Care?
  6. Session 2: The Care Relationship
  7. Session 3: Listening and Responding
  8. Session 4: Hospital and Shut-in Vistitation
  9. Session 5: Care in Situations of Grief
  10. Session 6: Case Studies
  11. Session 7: Problem Solving and Referral
  12. Session 8: Wrapping Up
  13. New Directions in Lay Pastoral Care

    Appendix A: Affirming Your Own Gifts
    Appendix B: Service for Commissioning Lay Pastoral Carers
    Appendix C: Four Case Studies

    For Further Reading