The Special Problems of Consultation with Local Churches

  • Kenneth R. Mitchell
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


The local church in many communities plays a significant part in the delivery of front-line mental health services, in a wide variety of forms. The fact that it does so in the mid 1970s represents a reversal of what the observers predicted 10 years ago. In the mid 1960s, enrollments in theological seminaries were faltering; those who did enroll, moreover, made it clear they intended their theological education to equip them for almost anything but pastoral leadership in a local church. Now, however, seminary enrollments are significantly on the rise, and the local church is often identified by students as the place they want to work, because it seems to be “where the action is.” Local parishes and congregations make serious efforts to be communities of mutual care and support, where both ordinary and exceptional people can find help intended (and in many cases carefully designed) to meet felt needs.


Mental Health Mental Health Professional Pastoral Care Mental Health Concern Counseling Process 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Baxter, R. The reformed pastor. In E. A. Park (Ed.). The preacher and pastor. Andover, Mass.: Allen, Morrill and Wardwell, 1845. (Originally published, 1656.) Pp. 227–350.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Mitchell, K. R. Priestly celibacy from a psychological perspective. Journal of Pastoral Care, 1910, 24, 216–226.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Hiltner, S. Preface to pastoral psychology. New York: Abingdon Press, 1958.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    McNeill, J. T., A history of the cure of souls. New York: Harper & Bros., 1951.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth R. Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Religion and PsychiatryThe Menninger FoundationUSA

Personalised recommendations