Pastoral Counseling of
...bring good tidings to the afflicted
...build up the broken hearted
...proclaim liberty to captives and the opening up of prison to those who are bound.
Art of Pastoral Care
Empowering and teaching Pastoral Care Specialists since 1972
On hiatus as of 2014, The Art of Pastoral Care (AoPC) is undergoing an update for the needs of today. This class has introduced people to the Healing Presence within them that they might be empowered to extend compassionate care to others for more than 30 years in the D.C. metro region.
The purpose of AoPC is to instruct and empower caregivers in the art of pastoral care and presence; to empower and prepare people to provide pastoral care ministry competently and compassionately; to equip pastoral caregivers to work professionally and collegially with parish clergy and Chaplains and as resources within the community.
The AoPC course is an experiential method of learning new pastoral care skills and enhancing those skills that may already exist within the student. It emphasizes in depth listening skills and the concept of simple presence. Some of its key elements include:
Begun as a process whereby lay congregants could respond to the needs of their congregation during the sabbatical of their clergy leader, AoPC helped restore an historic ministry to the laity.
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