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Close to Home Pastoral Care Pamphlets
This web resource, by The Mennonite Publishing Network in partnership with the Mennonite Church and Mennonite Brethren ministries and institutions, has published an extensive series of 12-page pamphlets on "close to home" subjects such as dementia, PTSD, self-harm, gambling, bipolar disorder, overwhelming debt, acquaintance rape, spouse abuse, eating disorders, electronic addiction, pornography, elder abuse, etc.
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Caring Ministry: A Contemplative Approach to Pastoral Care
This resource presents a reflective approach to caring ministry, which stems from the author's belief that "caring ministry is about what we know and who we are."
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Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook
This collection of essays forms a pastoral care crash course for clergy and chaplains, starting with a reflection on one's foundational theology, and concluding with a discussion related to professional standards.
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The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
This resource combines theology and practical suggestions to help congregations build a culture of acceptance and validation.
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Hospital Visitation 101
This article reveals what information hospital staff and patients need visiting pastors and pastoral care volunteers to know.
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Death and Mourning
This web resource directs people in interfaith relationships to information about Jewish life, how to make appropriate choices, and how to mourn in a different tradition.
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Your Caring Congregation

Congregations have long been places that nurture the care of souls. Long ago, the early church created strategies and tactics to care for widows and children. Nowadays, care in congregations involves visits to the sick, end-of-life care, support for grieving families, celebrating life transitions, encouragement for older adults, befriending those who experience loneliness and so much more.

Perhaps your congregation is looking to strengthen its care ministries. There are two ways to think about this. One way is to consider structures and operations. Who is responsible for organizing care activities? Are there ways to streamline communication? What might you do to improve the way in which care ministries are implemented?

A manual for care teams

Karen Lampe has written a useful resource titled The Caring Congregation that serves as a manual for care teams. There is much spiritual wisdom in this book. The book also addresses various practical issues. For example, the appendix contains a job description for a congregational care minister.

Listening and caring skills

Another way to enhance care ministries is to learn more about the process and practice of caring. Listening is one of the most powerful skills God has given us. John Savage’s book on listening, Listening and Caring Skills in Ministry, is an excellent volume about how to enhance caring relationships through listening. The book addresses skills such as paraphrasing, productive questions, describing behavior, truly hearing a story and so forth.

You can use the book as a guide to improving the skills of those providing care to congregants. Yes, there are two ways to address congregational care issues. You can address the structures and operations of your care ministries. And you can increase the capacity of those who are providing direct care services. Here are even more congregational care resources for you to consider.

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Grief: A Journey of Discovery
This DVD takes the view on a journey through the unfamiliar territory of grief and details the grief process.
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Mental Health First Aid
This practical, skills-based training teaches participants how to address mental health and substance-use issues.
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How To Talk With Sick, Dying and Grieving People: When there are No Magic Words to Say
This resource provides insights and stories to help pastoral caregivers and clergy walk wisely and compassionately with those who are suffering.
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