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Classical Pastoral Care (4 vols.)

by Oden, Thomas C.

Baker 1987

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Classical Pastoral Care (4 vols.)
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Overview

The purpose of this series is to present in plain English the most indispensable texts of pastoral writers prior to the beginning of the eighteenth century. Its goal is the care of souls, viewed historically. To this end, Classical Pastoral Care features selected short passages from these writers on a number of important issues that face today’s pastor. Pride of place is given to patristic sources, although medieval and Reformation authors are scarcely overlooked. Concise introductions preface thoughtfully organized thematic sections, and each text is linked with companion texts through insightful analysis.

From the Foreword

Pastoral Care is that branch of Christian theology that deals with care of persons by pastors. It is pastoral because it pertains to the offices, tasks, and duties of the pastor. It is care because it has charge of, and is deliberately attentive to the spiritual growth and destiny of persons. Pastoral care is analogous to a physician's care of the body. Since that particular sphere over which one exercises care is the psyche, (soul, anima, the animating, enlivening, energizing, motivating spring of human existence without which a body is a corpse, pastoral care is also appropriately called the care of souls.

Classical pastoral care is pastoral care as understood, practiced and set forth by key writers of the Christian tradition. That is classical which is versed in the classics. Classics are the works of highest rank and quality in a field of study, whose worth has been recognized over a long period of time.

The Classical Pastoral Care series presents especially those rare texts that have a gem-like quality, that one often hopes to find easily but for which much reading is often necessary. The search has often required extensive digging in a given period or series before coming across just that text that best embodies the pastoral tradition, that brightly illuminates its subject, or profoundly grasps the point, or states it more subtly than before. This has been the joy and vexation of this editorial effort, similar to panning for gold in a deserted stream, only rarely coming across the bright nugget.

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a source which will fill both mind and heart and should be a ready reference… for every evangelical pastor.

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Individual Titles

Classical Pastoral Care: Becoming a Minister

  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Becoming a Minister is concerned with the person and self-understanding of the caregiver. It discusses the call to the caring office, the way this inner sense of calling is affirmed in ordination, orders of ministry, set-apartness, and the shepherding metaphor. This is followed by discussions of authorization to servant ministry; the purpose of ministry; the relation of the general ministry of the whole church to the sacred or ordained ministry; the orders of diakonos, presbuteros, episkopos; women in ministry; and preparation for ministry through study and spiritual formation.

Classical Pastoral Care: Ministry Through the Word and Sacrament

  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 232

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Ministry through Word and Sacrament reviews the range of pastoral task: pastoral care through preaching and worship, pastoral care through the ministries of baptism and Eucharist, the pastor as educator of the soul, the teaching office, the office of administry (i.e., of that which moves towards ministry), and the nurturing of Christian community in mission to the world.

Classical Pastoral Care: Pastoral Counsel

  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Pastoral Counsel deals directly with the nature of the counseling relationship, the metaphors of soul care (from medicine, guidance, and education), the elements of a therapeutic relationship, the timing of good counsel, pastoral discernment, language and silence in counsel, truth-telling and deception, admonition and discipline, care of the conscience, anticipations of modern psychotherapy by classical writers, and dynamics of the self-alienating will.

Classical Pastoral Care: Crisis Ministries

  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Crisis Ministries tackles crucial situations in which pastors are often called to respond to urgent and specific challenges: care of the sick, the management of pain, the struggle with the meaning of suffering, pastoral visitation of families, interpersonal crises, conflict resolution, care of the emotionally ill, alcoholism, vocational counseling, suicide counseling, premarital, marital and family counseling; care of the poor, care for the terminally ill, and care for the dying and the grieving.

Product Details

  • Title: Classical Pastoral Care
  • Author: Thomas C Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 995

About Thomas C Oden

Thomas C. Oden is Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at the Theological School, Drew University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.