IFD209 – Congregational Leadership: Pastoral Care
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Designed for Part-Time Local Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course emphasizes the importance of pastoral care in the small church. It will address the expectations of congregants, how to manage the demands, the ministry of presence and the relationship of pastoral care to leadership. It will also introduce ways to involve laity in congregational care. Topics to be covered include, what good pastoral care looks like, the relationship between caring opportunities and spiritual growth, the importance of reflective listening, and our role in maintaining the privacy of those we serve.
Course content is delivered primarily through two interviews. One is with Rev. George Patterson, the senior pastor of a congregation with 300+ in worship who still visits the hospital five days a week. The second is with Rev. Sheryl Allston, a hospital chaplain who has also served as a small church pastor. There are also two live online sessions where the instructor presents material and interacts with students.
This course is one of the elective courses for the Certificate in Congregational Leadership (CCL) program and is also eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Past participants in this course have said…
“This was my first non-CLS online class and I loved it. It was full of useful information and good discussions. The format of recorded interviews and live sessions worked well. Jack is a knowledgeable instructor who you can easily relate to. My only comment is that I wouldn’t be adverse to having it be a longer class!”
“This is such a great way to train and Jack has a great way of making the material relevant, current and helpful.”
“The content was excellent, relevant, and applicable to my current role. I trust that I will be more effective in the ministry of pastoral care as a result of this training.”
Jack Shitama is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and currently serves as the Executive Director at Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville, MD. He is also the Minister-in-Residence for the Center for Clergy Excellence at Pecometh. Jack served as pastor in two different appointments prior to his current position. He was President of the Internatonal Association of Conference Center Administrators from 2003-2007. He served on the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board from 2007-2015. During this time he served as Vice-Chair (2011-2013) and Chair (2013-2015).