Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large/Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans' Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity (Hardback)
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Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large/Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans' Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity (Hardback)

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Hardback 116 Pages / Published: 04/08/2016
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Church growth in metropolitan communities motivated a short study concerning the pastoral care and counseling of immigrants, specifically Black Caribbean congregants in large/mega congregations. Culture, denomination history, and interpretations of scripture enter into the dynamics of defining not only the pastoral office of leaders but their perception of "care." The phenomenological "cycle" of care is said to exist as an exchange happens between caregivers and care receivers. Such an exploration of three congregations opened up rare concepts of the psycho-social, and spiritual nature that guide interpersonal relationships of family systems across cultures. Large/mega congregations desire women's as well as men's style of nurturing and of fellowship that form the characteristics of a sharing, caring congregation. The study implicated a need for more comprehensive interdisciplinary teaching methods to train church leaders and clergy. It signals for an approach in practical theology to develop curricula for spiritual health of cultural plurality in congregations and community.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761867296
Number of pages: 116
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm


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The engaging narratives of the research participants provide readers with a keen sense of how Black Caribbean church members, and their pastors, imagine pastoral care.... This book is a significant contribution to the field of pastoral care and counseling overall. * Anglican Theological Review *
Through a careful ethnographic study of three black mega churches Dr. Beedoe provides a window into the pastoral care needs (met and unmet) of Afro-Caribbean immigrants. Her work is a significant contribution in the area of inter-cultural pastoral care and counseling and offers helpful guidance for culturally and contextually sensitive congregation care. -- Pamela Cooper-White, Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary in New York
Pastoral care and Counseling in Large/Mega Congregations: Black Caribbean's Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity is a welcomed and valuable book celebrating the significance of pastoral care and counseling for local congregations with memberships of Black Caribbeans. Following the historic dimensions of pastoral care and counseling, namely healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling, Dr. Beedoe demonstrates that there is a way of tailoring pastoral care and counseling to address the cultural and religious context of immigrants. Social construction plays a vital role in the object relationships we carry throughout our life even cross-culturally. Significant is the emphasis on relationships across at least three generations as well as communal caring practices that are distinctly committed to Caribbean cross generational relationships and consistent with certain ritual and cultural practices. -- Edward Wimberly, Methodist minister, the Jarena Lee professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Interdenominational Theological Center

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