Spiritual Care

The power of pastoral presence



Nurturing and developing souls—that's the heart of a pastor's calling. This issue offers honest and practical help with this central call.

What does it mean to give spiritual care? It's not meeting people's needs, says Eugene Peterson; pastors are in

The Business of Making Saints (p. 20).

Ever felt a little insecure about offering counsel? Rob Morgan believes you have something to offer; see Why Pastors Make Great Counselors(p. 29). Perhaps you've struggled with how to care for people when relationships have grown cold. Gary Preston warns us to resist doing what comes naturally in Staying Close to Your Enemies (p. 32).

Psychologist Larry Crabb tells why soul care should return to the church—and how it can—in Where Healing Belongs (p. 37).

Pastoral work can be draining to the caregiver. This issue also offers advice about protecting your health while caring for others. Donna Schaper offers relief from Hospital Fatigue Syndrome ...

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