Pastoral Skills Course

Created by The Association of Christian Counsellors


City Gates Christian Centre holds The Pastoral Skills Course for our Partners who are involved in Church life – whether you are leading or serving, or those who have a desire to become more involved. Maybe you see yourself heading up a Small Group, but are unsure of how to support people in your group; or maybe you would like to be involved in praying for people, but are not sure how best to listen when they share their heart with you. This Course has been deigned to help you find your niche in edifying the Body of Christ as effectively as you can.

During the 40 hours, you will look at the following syllabus:

Section 1: Philosophy of Care

  • Pastoral Care
  • Defining Brokenness, signs of brokenness
  • Biblical Basis for Pastoral Care
  • Defining Wholeness
  • Why pastoral care is important

Section 2: Need for Care

  • Responding to the difficulties of life
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • We sometimes Have hurts

Section 3: Context of Care

  • What makes for a Good Relationship?
  • Meeting needs in Relationship
  • Other sources of Care

Section 4: Nature of Care

  • A Caring Relationship
  • Where does Pastoral Care take place?
  • Care appropriate to The Person and their situation
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Care Risks and Pitfalls
  • Practising within a Team

Section 5: Qualities of the Carer

  • Exploring the qualities
  • Life experiences
  • Relationship with God, Self, Others
  • Who cares for the Carer?

Section 6: Skills for Care

  • Assessing your communication skills
  • Barriers to listening
  • Listening and Responding skills
  • Responding skills
  • Listening an Responding with Body Languages
  • Role Play
  • Communication (Homework activity)

Section 7: Spiritual Resources for Care

  • The Pastoral Carer as a resource
  • Using Resources
  • The work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Bible as a resource
  • Prayer as a resource

Section 8: Process of Care

  • The Three stages in Practice
  • A helpful setting
  • The first meeting
  • The helping relationship

Section 9: Safe Practice for Care

  • Boundaries – what are they?
  • Ethical and legal Responsibilities of the Pastoral Carer, Confidentiality and Accountability
  • Why is support important?

Section 10: Networking and community

  • Beyond our expertise

Section 11: Structure for Care

  • Need for structure

Stay tuned for 2012 Course Dates!

More details of the dates and how to register will be released nearer to the Course start date.