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Benner, D. G. (2003). Strategic Pastoral Counseling, 2nd Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. (This book is our basic text for the theory and philosophy of pastoral counseling.) Carkhuff, R. R. (2000). The Art of Helping in the 21st Century, 8th Ed. Amherst, MA: Human Resource Development Press. (This book is our basic text for micro skills of pastoral counseling.) Headley, A. J. (2007). Reframing Your Ministry: Balancing Professional Responsibilities and Personal Needs. Napanee, IL: Evangel Publishing House. (Our own Dr. Headley has created a wonderful resource about pastoral care starting with the foundational emphasis on self-care.) Kuenning, D. (1987). Helping People through Grief. Minneapolis: Bethany House. (Many students find this an emotional book. You may want to read a few chapters at a time.) Seamands, S. A. (2005). Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. (This book helps build our theological foundation for relational pastoral service.) Steinborn, M. J. (1997). The Lay Driven Church: How to Empower the People in Your Church to Share in the Task of Ministry. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. (This book provides the secret to balancing care for others and care for self – growing caregivers from within the congregation.) Townsend, L. (2006). Suicide: Pastoral Responses. Nashville: Abingdon Press. (This book provides a practical but essential discussion of care for those who are contemplating harm to themselves.)

Publication Date

January 2009


Asbury Theological Seminary


ExL, PC510, Pastoral, Spring, Care



PC 510 The Servant as Pastoral Care Giver