PCC3100 Pastoral Care Theory & Theology

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Rhodes

Course Description:

The current understanding of the pastoral function goes back to the description found in the New Testament and the practice of the early church. One who has a sphere of Christian influence and mentorship finds that they are doing pastoral work. This is especially true of those who are small group leaders. This is an introductory course to the biblical and theological foundation for the basic personhood and work of being of one who provides pastoral care. Particular attention will be given to creating insight into the appropriate contextual missional responses for a wide range of ministries.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The bachelor level course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses as the student begins to prepare for the life and role of Christian service.

Why This Course Is Important:

The Christian pastoral care provider needs to understand the unique personhood that he/she brings to life situations and how this distinguishes him/her from a secular social worker, psychotherapist or community organizer.