3 hours per week in semester 1, annually
This subject includes a brief history of pastoral care; special revelation and common grace; a biblical-theological model of the person, life, change, and helping relationships; care and change in Christian community; an integrated approach to physiological issues; an introduction to a Christocentric approach to a range of basic difficulties that are common to many life stages – suffering, grief and loss, anger, anxiety and fear, addiction, conflict and reconciliation, and, marriage and family issues.
Classroom instruction and discussion; assignments
Michael R. Emlet, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet (Greensboro: New Growth, 2009).
David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (Phillipsburg: P & R, 2003).
David Powlison, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community (Greensboro: New Growth, 2005).
Edward T. Welch, When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Phillipsburg: P & R, 1997).