This Pastoral Counselling option will help you to engage with four specific pastoral issues.
In the first weeks, starting 12 February 2018, as you begin:
Spend some time reflecting on your own pastoral care or counselling practice, record (journal) any things you feel need addressing or input you would like in terms of your practice and outcomes. Journalling will enable you at the end of this option to assess any changes in your thinking that occur through this period. Your reflection/journal is a private document unless you wish to share it with your own supervisor/spiritual director/mentor/coach. You may also chose to share something of the detail in your final reflection.
There are four reading/action/reflection cycles. The aim is to cover one every two months, letting the content sit with you through the two-month period. The readings will be available as PDF online in time for each cycle.
Action: Prayerfully choose (at least) one of Halstead’s 21 points that you think could help you and/or your church, and one of Riddell’s 12 points that could help you. Begin to apply them over the next two months.
Reflection: If possible, discuss the points chosen above with your coach/supervisor/spiritual director/mentor; if not, discuss the concept of mental health in the church with them. Journal your reflections as well over the next two months: the five questions in the Reflection Guide might be a helpful framework to aid your reflection.
Reading: Depleted no more: practices that sustain and invigorate preaching ministries, by Phil Halstead, 2017 (click to download PDF) This reading is based on practices that sustain and invigorate preaching ministries, selfcare, and preventing burnout.
Action: Prayerfully choose one of Halstead’s points that might help you. Consider what if any concrete changes the point might encourage you to make in your own life. Time permitting, repeat the process for someone that you care for.
Reflection: If possible, discuss your reflections with your coach/supervisor/spiritual director/mentor. Journal your reflections as well over the next two months. The five questions in the Reflection Guide might assist you to do this.
Reading: We love friendship, by Phil Halstead, 2017 (click to download PDF) This reading explores the critical concept of friendship and its multiple expressions. To receive and offer friendship serves as both a fence at the top of the cliff and an ambulance at the bottom and in so doing prevents and heals innumerable pastoral issues.
Action: Prayerfully consider the concept of friendship in order to find a way to deepen your own friendships and facilitate new friendships for those in your circles of care.
Reflection: Discuss the fruit of your endeavours with your coach/supervisor/spiritual director/mentor. Journal your reflections as well over the next two months. The five questions in the Reflection Guide might assist you to do this.
Reading: There are no winners here: A pastor's response to date rape in the church, by Phil Halstead, 2018 (click here to download PDF) This reading describes a tragic pastoral crisis and outlines how a pastor went about responding to it.
Action: Prayerfully read the chapter and (a) consider how you responded to the tragedy and/or the pastor’s plight and (b) see if there are any helpful correlations to a pastoral crisis that you are involved in.
Reflection: Discuss one of your ‘Action’ points with your coach/supervisor/spiritual director/mentor. Journal your reflections as well over the next two months. The five questions in the Reflection Guide might assist you to do this.
Use the five questions in the Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection and journaling with each reading/action/relection cycle. Your responses to these questions might make useful conversation starters when you meet with your own supervisor/mentor/spiritual-director/coach.
By 12 October 2018, and following the four reading/action/reflection cycles, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss ways in which your understanding and practice of pastoral care and counselling have been affected by the engagement with these topics. Submit this to the facilitator Phil Halstead - you might also like to share it with your supervisor/mentor/spiritual-director/coach. Phil will engage with your reflection.
Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (Phil Halstead) thoughts or questions at any time through the eight months.
Phil lectures in applied theology at Carey and heads up the pastoral care department at St Augustine's Church, Auckland. For eight years Phil was on staff at St Paul’s Church, Symonds Street, where he led the pastoral care and counselling department. Phil’s PhD involved the creation of a forgiveness course for adults to explore their relationships with their parents. He has published in the areas of pastoral care, counseling, forgiveness, Object Relations Theory, and mental health.
PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.
COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.
[updated 9 February 2018]
|Event End Date||12-10-2018|
|Registration Start Date||01-11-2017|
|Cut off date||01-02-2018|