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Worship that Cares for People Pastorally
You may think of pastoral care mainly as personal visits to someone’s hospital room or home. But Howard Vanderwell wrote that the entire worship service has “powerful potential for caring for worshipers’ needs.” His book Caring Worship: Helping Worship Leaders Provide Pastoral Care through the Liturgy explains how.
Feature Story | February 13, 2019
Worship in Times of Trauma: Gabriel Salguero
Pastor Gabriel Salguero reminds us the soul has hunger and needs. Good worship speaks to the body and the soul.
Video | March 27, 2017
Designing Worship from the Bottom Up: Practical Ethnographic Tools for Worship Leaders
The “Faith and Work” movement has become popular in many churches in North America in recent years. Many have sought to bridge the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work by showing how Christian liturgy and theology affect how we approach our weekday work. But our weekday work also affects how we inhabit Sunday worship in profound ways, and those who lead and craft liturgies do well to be attentive to this reality.
Video | March 07, 2017
The Economies of Pentecost: Postcolonial Reflections on Pastoral Care, Healing, and Christian Worship
An annotated research guide from the field of practical theology, focusing on pastoral care and the African American experience
Resource Guide | February 24, 2017
Trauma, Culture Care, and Public Worship
What does faithful ministry look like after trauma? What if that trauma is public trauma, like ministry after 9-11 in New York or after recent trauma in Ferguson or Orlando?
Video | February 24, 2017
Here Are My Hands: A Practical Workshop on Affirming Vocation in Weekly Worship Practices
Isaac Wardell, Bruce Benedict, and Laura Fanucci provide some very practical first steps for congregations with a desire to address vocation in worship.
Audio | February 23, 2017
Cultural Intelligence for the Pastoral Leader
Cultural Intelligence is an essential skill for all those in the worshiping community, especially those in leadership positions.
Audio | February 14, 2017
Worship Leader as Pastoral Musician
Musicians who lead worship are not merely performers, directors, coordinators, or music industry peddlers. We are primarily pastoral people—priestly leaders who shape the prayers and acclamations of God’s people.
Video | April 13, 2016
Colleen Kwong on Using Art to Include Shut-ins
When strokes, illness or other challenges keep people from attending worship, they often fall off the congregation’s radar. Here are ideas for using visual arts to reconnect and include such people in worship and church life.
Conversation | September 24, 2014
Peggy Goetz on Planning Worship with Stroke Survivors
Peggy Goetz is a communication arts and sciences professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Observing her speech pathology students in Calvin’s stroke clinic sparked her to research the experience of stroke survivors in their church communities.
Conversation | September 12, 2014
Peggy Goetz on Churches and Stroke Survivors
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults around the world, so your congregation probably includes—or will soon include—stroke survivors. And about a third of stroke survivors suffer from some form of communication impairment. Peggy Goetz researches the experience of stroke survivors in their church communities.
Conversation | September 12, 2014
Joyce Borger on Hymnals as Pastoral Care Resources
Joyce Borger, editor of the hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts and the quarterly magazine Reformed Worship, shares how to use a hymnal as a pastoral care resource.
Conversation | December 16, 2013
Conversation with N.T. Wright
A conversation with N.T. Wright exploring themes from his plenary address: Praying the Psalms: Personal, Pastoral, Theological and Liturgical Reflections.
Conversation | Audio | January 27, 2012
Tending the Heart: Soul Care for Worship Leaders
It is all too easy for worship leaders--preachers and musicians alike-to--slip into "mere professionalism." When that happens, we settle into dull habit, holy things no longer stir our soul, and God becomes distant and even abstract? This session examined that spiritual danger and suggested some practices to "guard our souls."
Audio | March 22, 2010
Forgotten Ones: Worship and Pastoral Care
Many people have a vision for pastoral care that takes place in homes, hospitals, and institutions, often in times of crisis. But the prime place for pastoral care is in the community gathered for worship, when all who are able gather under the care of the Good Shepherd, and those who cannot attend are still remembered and named.
Audio | March 17, 2010
Worship that Ministers to the Afflicted
Many worshipers suffer from chronic illnesses, sudden crises, stresses from work and/or family life, losses of loved ones or of personal abilities, discouragement from situations in the local community or the world. How do we serve them best in our choices for worship elements, in our preaching?
Video | January 01, 2009
Providence, Preaching, and Pastoral Care
In this session philosopher John Cooper presented key points in the theology and philosophy that undergirds our understanding of God's providential care in a world where terrible things happen all the time. Why do bad things happen to good people? Scott Hoezee connected these thoughts to the pastoral care that preachers can provide from the pulpit. This session aimed to be both rigorously thoughtful and pastorally practical for the life of the church.
Audio | January 01, 2007
Preaching as Pastoral Care
While preaching is a craft and a skill to be carefully honed and developed, it is also a form of caring. Historically the preacher was called a "shepherd of souls," but cultural shifts have moved us away from this concept. This sectional examines the two-way street that exists in the integration of preaching and pastoral care. Good preaching provides pastoral care. Yet, at the same time good preaching is formed by pastoral care. Both sides of this balance will be examined.
Audio | January 01, 2007
Symposium 2006 - Conversation with Eugene Peterson
This conversation between spiritual friends explored the art of writing, hospitality, and the pastoral life. Presented at the 2006 Calvin Symposium on Worship.
Conversation | Audio | January 01, 2006
Pastoral Renewal: Everyone benefits
Pulled in so many directions, dedicated pastors give and give, risking burnout. Congregations that encourage pastoral renewal will likely see the results in sermons and worship services. A feature story exploring the importance of time away for pastors.
Feature Story | September 03, 2004