Pastoral care

  1. Review: Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage

    Article Review: Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage

    There are pastors who don’t like doing weddings, and I can empathize. The wedding industrial complex has turned what might be (and once was) a simple and lovely public…

  2. Everyone Wants to Know How to Talk to Grieving Kids

    Article Everyone Wants to Know How to Talk to Grieving Kids

     The National Alliance for Grieving Children is working hard to raise awareness about children's bereavement. A recent poll of grieving kids is getting some good press and…

  3. Jewish Grief and Mourning

    Article Jewish Grief and Mourning

    Judaism offers many active expressions of mourning that enable grieving people to acknowledge their loss in tangible ways. Some Christians are finding traditional Jewish mourning…

  4. Family Concerns: When to Refer

    Article Family Concerns: When to Refer

    Many seminarians in their introductory Pastoral Care class hear this cardinal rule for any counseling work they will do in their capacity as a congregational leader: Know when to…

  5. Bullies in the Church

    Article Bullies in the Church

    Because my wife is a middle-school principal, I often hear stories about the school bullies. In fact, bullying has become a major point of conversation in the past decade, and…

  6. Marriage Prep Programs and Policies

    Article Marriage Prep Programs and Policies

    On a hot summer day, a young couple knocked on the pastor’s door and asked, “How long will it take for you to marry us? We already have our license.”  A bit …

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