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Mobile Ed: PC211 The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart (5 hour course)

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Pastors care for a soul in the way a doctor cares for a body. In his course The Care of Souls (PC211) Harold Senkbeil invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care. Drawing on his award-winning book The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart, Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. He offers practical and fruitful advice—born out of his five decades as a pastor—that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

Resource Experts
Upon successful completion you should be able to:
  • Explain what Senkbeil means by ministry being an enacted mystery
  • Understand the process of pastoral care as listening and conversing
  • Describe the four-guidepost approach of faith, providence, holiness, and repentance to pastoral conversations
  • Understand the power of the difference between saying “I was baptized” and “I am baptized”
  • Understand the power of speaking absolution to the person in need of care or cure of their soul
  • Explain why it takes healed healers to effectively minister to sinners plagued with guilt and shame
  • Explain the relationship between justification and sanctification
  • Explain how holiness is not of the law but of the gospel
  • Describe the essential nature of spiritual warfare


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: What Is a Pastor?

  • Introduction to the Pastoral Craft
  • Classical Cura Animarum
  • Pastoral Habitus
  • Ministry’s Source and Norm

Unit 2: The Cure of Souls: Attentive Diagnosis

  • Contemporary Versus Traditional/Classical
  • The Diagnostic Process: Listening
  • The Diagnostic Process: Conversing
  • The Listening Conversation: Saving Faith and Trust in God’s Providence
  • The Listening Conversation: Holiness and Repentance

Unit 3: Ten Theses on the Spiritual Cure of Souls

  • The Cure of Souls: Theses One through Five
  • The Cure of Souls: Theses Six through Nine
  • The Cure of Souls: Thesis Ten

Unit 4: Sheep-Dogging and Shepherding

  • Primary and Secondary
  • A Shepherd and His Dog
  • Justification and Conscience
  • The Holy Spirit Brings New Life
  • Forgiveness and Healing

Unit 5: Shame and Guilt

  • Sins Committed or Sins Suffered
  • The Distinction and Overlap between Shame and Guilt
  • Watch Over Yourself
  • Healed Healers

Unit 6: Holiness and the Cure of Souls

  • Holiness and Sanctification
  • A Pagan Resurgence
  • Continuation of a Biblical Case Study
  • Caring for Sexual Souls

Unit 7: Drawing Near to God

  • Proximity and Holiness
  • Dealing with Addictive Sins
  • Liturgical Living & Sanctified by God’s Presence
  • Liturgical Life in the World

Unit 8 Invisible Powers

  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Targeted for Attack
  • Forearmed
  • Watch Your Step
  • The Porn Trap
  • Spiritual Boredom

Unit 9: Christ’s “Other Sheep”

  • Mission and the Care of Souls
  • No Secret Agents

Unit 10: The Shepherding of Shepherds

  • Finding a Pastor
  • By Word and Prayer
  • Spiritual Exercise: Askesis
  • Joy in Office
  • Title: PC211 The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart
  • Instructor: Harold L. Senkbeil
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 5
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Harold L. Senkbeil is author of the award-winning book The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart (Lexham Press). He is executive director emeritus of Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care. His pastoral experience of nearly five decades includes parish ministry, the seminary classroom, and parachurch leadership.


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    Collection value: $275.00
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