Introduction to Pastoral Care

Online: August 7 – September 25, 2017
In person: Saturday, Sept. 9 at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, AND Saturday, October 7, ECMN Retreat Center, Faribault

Instructors: Dr. Mark Sundby, Dr. Krista Redlinger-Grosse, and Dr. Pat Veach

This course is designed to further introduce you to pastoral care and the issues that commonly arise in this ministry.  Our goal is to address topics that are directly relevant and applicable to your ministry work.  Through readings, discussion, and self-reflective exercises, you will:

  • Increase your understanding of the essence of pastoral care.
  • Identify theological, scientific and awareness resources for future use in pastoral care
  • Deepen self-reflection awareness and skills needed to provide thoughtful pastoral care

Required books and materials

  • Bible – New Standard Revised Version (NSRV)
  • Barter, Dominic (2009, Nov) “Empathy is like a superfood.” Retrieved from: 
  • Roberts, S. (Ed). (2012). Professional spiritual and pastoral care: A practical clergy and chaplain’s handbook. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths.*Note: This book was written for clergy and chaplains and provides supportive and concrete resources for both contexts. Throughout the book, we recognize the term “chaplain” is used in contexts that are also applicable to clergy. So, you should read with an eye for connections between the two.
  • Tillich, P. (1948). You are Accepted.” In Tillich, P. Shaking of the Foundations. New York City: C. Scribner Sons. Note: Copies of this sermon can be located in several sites on the internet. Please let us know if you need assistance in locating.

Cost: $300

Register here.