Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Pastoral Ministry – Principles and Practicalities

This five session course, produced by the Diocese, is for anyone interested or involved in Christian pastoral ministry. It aims to support and equip anyone who is seeking to share Christ’s love and compassion with those they meet in a formal or informal setting.

Session 1: Called to care: pastoral ministry and Christian discipleship
Session 2: The pastoral encounter: building relationships
Session 3: Talking about God: praying with people
Session 4: Challenging encounters: dealing with difficult situations
Session 5: Safe practice: confidentiality, communication and accountability

There is no requirement that participants write assignments or do extensive reading.

Participants who attend all five sessions may use this course to achieve the Equipping God’s People Specialist Bronze Award in Pastoral Care.

Find a course

For more details see the information leaflet.  Confirmed Courses with a specific date and venue are listed under “Equipping God’s People” and can be booked online. Parishes, benefices and deaneries are encouraged to run the course locally. We can provide the facilitator’s and participants’ manuals (or send you electronic copies) and in some cases we can help you with promoting the course more widely. Please contact  contact the Parish Development Office by email or ring 01727 818141.

How did the Pastoral Course help you/your parish?


Commissioning of the Ash and Quin Valleys’ Pastoral Team

“The Pastoral Care team provide an “umbrella” of prayer and care which is bearing fruit. Our team have been up and running for five months now and it’s been a great success”

“Welcomed support and training that affirmed them”




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