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The pastoral counselor as specialist within ministry

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The article attempts to demonstrate the continuity of the specialized ministry of pastoral counseling with all Christian ministry. By the use of a case fragment from a pastoral counseling case, it attempts to raise three central issues which, in terms of how they are dealt with, can determine whether or not a particular experience of counseling is Christian ministry. These issues are: the role of the minister and the context for ministry; the way in which the method of counseling can be shown to be related to a norm for Christian ministry; and the way in which the counseling process is interpreted and understood.

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His article is an extensive revision of an address given to the annual convention of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors in April, 1980.

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Patton, J. The pastoral counselor as specialist within ministry. Pastoral Psychol 29, 159–168 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01744363

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  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Central Issue
  • Specialized Ministry
  • Counseling Process
  • Pastoral Counseling