Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Congregational Care, Counseling, Lay Ministry, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Ministry, Shepherding
Christianity | Practical Theology
Hughes, Ronald, "Shepherding the Flock: C.A.R.E. - A Model for Pastoral Ministry" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 984.
A seminary graduate is often well equipped in a variety of areas including preaching, languages, church growth, and the like. One area that graduates often feel ill equipped is the practical area of pastoral care; however, every minister, whether in a church of ten or ten thousand, must have a way to effectively deal with this part of their ministry. From a review of the literature and a survey of pastors, this project will confirm the current need for further training in the area of pastoral care. In addition, this project will offer a plan to meet those needs within a congregation. A well-developed pastoral care ministry in the church offers care for the congregation, and an opportunity to reach the unchurched by demonstrating compassion. Every church, regardless of size, must give attention to the pastoral needs of the church to fulfill scriptural admonitions and produce a healthy congregation.