Worship as Pastoral Care

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Abingdon Press, 1982 - Religion - 237 pages

Demonstrates how worship and pastoral care can be blended to sustain and enrich each other.

Using insights gained from pastoral care and pastoral psychology, William H. Willimon explores what happens to people when they become involved in Christian worship. True pastoral care, he shows, cannot take place apart from an active worshiping community of faith.

Worship as Pastoral Care sensitizes pastors to the many ways Christian worship and pastoral care methods can be blended to enrich and support one another. It encourages pastors to broaden their understanding of corporate worship and to become aware of the importance of their role as priests.

To illustrate his concepts, Dr. Willimon examines four familiar acts of worship: the funeral, the wedding, baptism, and the Lord's Supper. The psychological dimensions are discussed and suggestions are given on ways pastors can nurture and sustain their congregations through these services.

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Willimon reminds us that pastoral care is not primarily about one-on-one counseling in the pastor's office, but caring for the community of faith. One key way pastors care for the community is through ... Read full review

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William H. Willimon is Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University. He is the author (or co-author) of many books, including The Truth About God; Lord, Teach Us; Resident Aliens; and Where Resident Aliens Live(all with Stanley Hauerwas); and The Search for Meaning. He lives in Durham, NC.

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