Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations, a book study by the author, Dr. Denise Massey

Overview: Spiritual Caregivers have been challenged as never before to be able to have compassionate conversations with persons struggling with all kinds of issues. Dr. Massey’s book is a straight forward process that is easy to remember and practice in everyday settings. It is for chaplains, clergy, other types of ministers, students in pastoral care and pastoral counseling courses, students in other ministry courses, and people who are part of clinical pastoral education programs. The Caring model transforms ministry conversations from floundering and uncertain to powerful and effective. (From the book cover)

Learning objectives:

  • Learn a 6 step process derived from an integrative process drawing from pastoral care, spiritual direction and coaching.
  • Discuss the many ways the process can be used in compassionate conversations.
  • Discover ways to integrate the content of this book into ministry practice.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Denise Massey is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Mercer University in Georgia. She is a certified supervisor with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, a member of the International Coaching Federation, and a frequent lecturer and speaker across the US.

Resource: CARING: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations, Denise Massey, Abingdon Press.


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