PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care

To be human is to care. To be human is to live in a web of relationships: with our self, others, nature, and with God. This relatedness of human experience involves the mutual self-giving of care to one another, from one another and to ourselves. God is the ultimate caregiver, and we learn the art of care and nurture from him.
In this course, we will consider the foundations of pastoral care. This care is both proactive and reactive; it initiates and it responds. But at the core of pastoral care is a growing attentiveness to the work of Jesus in the midst of life, in the midst of whoever and whatever is before us at the moment.

Subject CodePC402 - Undergraduate
PC602- Graduate
Study ModeOnline
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2019

Dr. Judy Wilkie

Dr. Thomas Kimber


This course will require you not only to study the biblical, theological and historical texts in order to discover the nature of pastoral care, but it will also require you to reflect personally and deeply on the work that Jesus is doing in your own life. Then, we will explore ways we can participate with God in nurturing others and helping them experience the nurturing care of Jesus.

The theological, psycho-social and developmental foundations that underlie the ministry of pastoral care will be examined, as well as an exploration of some of the implications of these perspectives.

Students will learn and practice some basic pastoral skills and begin to minister to individuals and families in various life stages. There are opportunities to reflect personally and theologically on such ministry as students work towards an integrated understanding of themselves and pastoral ministry.


    This subject will be taught on-campus by Dr. Thomas Kimber.

    For online students this subject will be taught and overseen by Dr. Judy Wilkie.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Online mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks - 0n-Campus Students

          • Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987).
          • Andrew Purves, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001).
          • Andrew Purves, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004).

            Required Textbooks - 0nline Students

            To be advised.

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