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Heart, truth, skills and wisdom for caring faithfully for others

MondayS 9.30am - 1pm, 3 February to 22 June 2020

No classes on 17 February, 6 April, 13 April, 4 May or 25 May

Tutor: Dr Paul Coulter with specialist guests

As a medic, pastor and theologian, Paul has a unique ability to draw together insights from Scripture, experience and science to shape a holistic approach to caring for others that is firmly rooted in the gospel.  Paul taught full-tine for six years in Belfast Bible College, including pastoral care, before moving to be Head of Ministry Operations with Living Leadership. Find out more about Paul on his personal website.

Paul will be joined throughout the course by guest tutors with specialist expertise in specific aspects of pastoral care.

Cost: £360

This is a fantastic rate, equating to just over £8 per hour of class time.

Includes extensive notes by Paul Coulter.

A discounted rate of £324 (10% off) is available for members of groups of three or more.

If you are unable to pay the full amount please let us know - we may be able to offer you a discounted rate - but please also consider asking your church or others to sponsor you.

Refreshments are not included, but may be purchased in Cafe Vic-Ryn.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have or are expected to have a significant involvement in providing pastoral care for others. This includes:

  • Pastors or ministers seeking refreshment in pastoral care skills.

  • Elders 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.

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.

Course Content

The course runs over 16 weeks and is divided into four blocks of four weeks each:

  1. Foundations – the biblical, historical and theological basis for pastoral care.

  2. Skills – essential tools for good pastoral practice.

  3. Issues – practical guidance for engaging with people in specific needs.

  4. Wisdom – guidance on boundaries, self-care and organisation of provision of care.

Each week includes:

  • Prayer and worship

  • Interactive teaching on aspects of pastoral care

  • A break for refreshments (may be purchased in Café Vic-Ryn)

  • Group discussion

  • Space for reflection and application either individually or with your group

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 ageing, sexuality and gender identity, bereavement and care for the dying, care amidst trauma.

  • Structuring pastoral care provision in a church or organisation

other queries

If you have any other queries about the course, please email Paul Coulter.