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Pastoral Visitation

Pastoral Visitation

Clergy, students of pastoral care, and lay visitation volunteers will find Nancy Gorsuch an effective guide in developing an intentional, proactive program of pastoral visitation in the local church. To increase the pastoral visitor's positive experiences of effectiveness, the author presents basic "how to" information in a straightforward manner characterized by vivid illustrations and case studies. The book provides a theological basis for pastoral visitation and goes on to explore the types and purposes of visitation, preparation and resources, training and basic helping skills, assessment and follow-up, and methods of sustaining pastoral visitation as a means of building a caring community of faith.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631901
  • eBook ISBN 9781451415049
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 94
  • Publication Date November 10, 1999

Table of Contents

  • Going to See -- An Act of Ministry
  • Witnessing to Faith -- A Theology of Visitation
  • Equipping for Care -- Skills for Visitation
  • Leading the Conversation -- Pastoral Influence in Dialog
  • Offering Care and Inviting Ministry -- Guidelines for Visitation
  • Fostering Caring Community -- A Long Range Plan for Visitation