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The Indispensable Guide to Pastoral Care

Sharyl B. Peterson

Your uploaded image. What is Pastoral Care? Being present to others in a loving way, a relationship rooted beyond yourself, and what you say and do in this relationship. Sound complicated? Sharyl B. Peterson recognizes that as students learn more about specific areas of care - facilitating pastoral conversations, making hospital visits and planning funerals, offering bereavement care, and celebrating weddings and births - they also learn to draw connections to care and its theological foundations. The Indispensable Guide to Pastoral Care helps to link these elements by helping you to practice pastoral caregiving while you learn to explore various areas of care.


The Indispensable Guide Series offers tightly focused, relatively brief, accessible, and practical books for students in seminary, multiple paths to ministry groups, and lay ministry programs. Each book introduces core concepts, provides ample illustrations, and includes a helpful resource list.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR of The Indispensable Guide to Pastoral Care

Sharyl B. Peterson, senior minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Junction, Colorado, teaches in the Theological Education Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Denver and her M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology, and has completed seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), including three units of supervisory CPE. She was a college and university professor for over fifteen years.

Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
ISBN: 978-0-8298-1778-2
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

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