Gospel-Shaped Pastoral Care Course
* Excluding bank holidays and school holidays. Exact dates: 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd March; 12th, 19th, & 26th April; 10th, 17th & 24th May; and 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th June
Who's it for?
This course is designed for people who have or are expected to have a significant involvement in providing pastoral care for others, including:
Pastors or ministers seeking refreshment in pastoral care skills.
Elders, youth workers or other church leaders seeking initial training or refreshment of caring skills.
Leaders or managers in Christian organisations responsible for care of staff or volunteers.
Members of church pastoral care teams or pastoral care workers.
Christians in caring professions (e.g., doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers) who want to integrate their faith with their professional thinking.
If you fall into any of these groups you are welcome on the course. If you do not, but you are expecting to be in one of these positions in the near future, you will require a recommendation from a leader of a church or Christian organisation.
What past participants say
When surveyed, past participants gave the course an average approval rating of 9.6 out of 10, scored the notes provided 5 out of 5 and all agreed that the course was good value for money.
of past participants would recommend!
When asked what they would say to someone considering joining the course, some of their responses were:
...biblically (gospel) based, wise advice regarding how to think about and approach different topics. Allows for healthy insight into your own heart and thoughts
The course runs over 14 weeks (scheduled to avoid school and bank holidays and comprising 3 hours of content plus breaks each week) divided into three blocks considering:
Heart - the biblical, historical and theological basis for pastoral care.
Skills – essential tools for good pastoral practice applied to specific areas of need.
Wisdom – guidance on boundaries, self-care and organisation of provision of care.
Subjects covered in the course include:
Healthy relationships, boundaries and accountability
The role of prayer in pastoral care
The use of Scripture in pastoral care
Pastoral counselling (please note, this is not a counselling course)
Specific issues, including youth, ageing, sex and sexuality, bereavement, and care for the dying
Structuring pastoral care provision in a church or organisation
Each week includes:
Prayer and worship
Interactive teaching on aspects of pastoral care provided by Living Leadership staff and associates with occasional input from other experienced pastoral care-givers and trainers
Group discussion around case studies, Scripture and experience
Space for reflection and application either individually or with your group
Extensive notes to take away and keep as a reference resource
42 hours of content for £320 (£7.62 per hour)
Group discounts available for groups of 3+. Please contact us to get a discount code before booking.
A limited number of scholarships for half-price participation may also be available - let us know if that would make participation feasible for you.
If you have any other queries about the course, please email Paul Coulter.