A Primer in Pastoral Care

A Primer in Pastoral Care

A Primer in Pastoral Care

A Primer in Pastoral Care

Synopsis

Based on her twenty years of teaching and on her own experience in pastoral care, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has written a basic pastoral-care text to assist in the emotional and spiritual preparation of pastoral caregivers. Stevenson-Moessner expands on her key notion of pastoral care as seen through the interconnection and interplay of love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. Her brief book is meant to engender "confidence and caring" in the initiate, and to assuage the fear and anxiety that naturally occur when one accompanies people in life-changing pain and travail. Through skilled use of the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Good Shepherd, along with stories from her own experience, Stevenson-Moessner imparts genuine wisdom and meaningful support to those who courageously dare to offer caregiving ministry in whatever situation or through whatever method or paradigm. Her work unfolds in six chapters:

1. Introduction: The One-Room Schoolhouse

2. Pointers and Precepts: The Grammar of Care

3. The Prism of Pastoral Care: Scripture Refracted

4. Paradigms in Pastoral Care: The Community as Classroom

5. The Open Classroom: Places of Care

6. Conclusion: An Alphabet of Grace

Excerpt

I am sure that most readers have had the experience of browsing through the bookstore at the annual church convention or pastoral conference when, there on the table, is a book that you recognize as something you should have read when you first entered ministry. It is such a simple yet profound book addressing something that you have been dealing with ever since seminary. Well, that was my response when I first read a draft of A Primer in Pastoral Care. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has fashioned a basic pastoral care text to assist in the emotional and spiritual education of pastoral caregivers. It is a simple, clear-cut introduction to the what, why, and how of pastoral care for beginning pastors, seminarians, and Clinical Pastoral Education students, lay leaders, and lay pastors.

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Formation at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, as well as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A Primer in Pastoral Care reflects her own experience in offering pastoral care and twenty years of teaching the subject in a seminary.

Stevenson-Moessner presents her image of pastoral care as the interplay of love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. A Primer in Pastoral Care is meant to engender “confidence and caring” in the initiate, and to assuage the fear and anxiety that naturally occur when accompanying people in their journeys through the “valley of the shadow,” through their trials and suffering. Through skilled use of the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Good Shepherd, along with stories from her own experience, StevensonMoessner imparts genuine wisdom and meaningful support to those who courageously dare to offer pastoral caregiving ministry in whatever situation.

A Primer in Pastoral Care1 in a mere seven chapters, gives the reader a base from which to offer pastoral care. the book is a “primer”—not a comprehensive text, but a good beginning. Indeed, it is a useful refresher course that reminds seasoned caregivers what is the basis of the care they offer. Chapter 1, “The . . .

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