…we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV
Pastoral ministry is an invitation to take part in God’s gracious care. God will provide, in Christ and through the Spirit, the care our communities need. We have the opportunity to join in God’s work as we accompany others through the various stages of human life. In this course we will consider how to express care across the spectrums of age and ability. We will together develop strategies to minister to congregants during key events such as child dedications, baptisms, marriages, and funerals. This will lead to candid conversations about how to respond to relational separation, chronic illness, and natural or social crises. We will also learn how to widen the context of care, including our church’s city or region and the lives of other creatures. We will find resources in Scripture and theology, the writings of contemporary pastors and teachers, and the sciences.
Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Winter 2021. Recordings of each class will be made available on the course Moodle site for 48 hours after the class. If you are not able to attend the live sessions due to living in a distant time zone, you may appeal to the Senior Academic Administrator for permission to take the course by using the recordings.
On Campus: A limited number of seats are available for on-campus participation in this course. If you wish to attend class on campus, you must register by November 29 and indicate your preference for on-campus instruction.