Skip to main content.
Information about Faiths, Beliefs, Doctrines, Etc.
Follow us:

Apologetics Research Resources on religious movements, cults, sects, world religions and related issues

home Home     Information about Apologetics Index research resources How To Use Our Religion Database
Color Key Color Key    index Topical Index

Follow Apologetics Index: Subscribed to Religion News Blog via email Email   Follow Religion News Blog at Twitter Twitter   Read Religion News in an RSS reader RSS   Google+ Google+

Pastoral Care: Listening to God’s People

Listening to God's People: A Reponse to Perceived Disconnect in Pastoral Care

This dissertation was written by theology student Keith William Marshall in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of M.Th.

It addresses the question, "What does it mean to offer pastoral care in both the manner in which Jesus wished it to be undertaken and in terms of the content of the care that is offered to Christ's flock?"


This dissertation is written in response to a perceived breakdown in pastoral care.

Chapter one allows us to see something of the hurt and disappointment which many are currently experiencing. Some of the letters quoted are by experienced clerics with decades of experience.

In Chapter 2 we consider pastoral contexts. We look at the Pastoral Great Commission of John 21:15-17. We consider the appropriateness of the primary metaphor which the dissertation uses. We finish by looking at the Trinity as a model of community.

In Chapter 3 we look at pastoral commonalities in the models and writings of four figures from the sixth to the twenty-first century. We find agreement that pastoral care must be individualised but that the context for care can vary considerably. All agree it critical that the “under-shepherd” is an example.

In Chapter 4 we consider Jesus as kenotic archetype. We look at the nature of divine love. We suggest that Jesus is to be understood in the Gospels as being genuinely dependent on God in his humanity and that he taught and modelled kenotic service.

In Chapter 5 we use criteria derived from our study which relate to the three dimensions of the Christian life. We test these criteria by examining three different contexts of pastoral care.

Our conclusion is that excellence in pastoral care will promote love for God reflected in a prayerful dependent spirituality, love for one another reflecting Trinitarian communality, and love for others in kenotic service which will include enabling sheep to also become “under-shepherds.”

In “under-shepherds” promoting and valuing these three things as essential, they will, however tentatively, be responding to Jesus‟ commands: to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17) and to “Follow me” (John 21:19, 22).


About This Download

The file is in PDF format.

Most up-to-date browser allow you the choice to read the PDF file in the browser, or to download.

If you choose to download the file, you need the free Adobe Reader program to open it. (We advice you to deselect the option, at the Adobe Reader download site, that says "Yes, install McAfee Security Scan Plus" -- or any similar offer).

About the Author

Keith Marshall has a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

As part of his final year of training for ministry in the Anglican Church of Ireland, this dissertation was submitted to obtain a Masters in Theology.

He is currently serving as a Curate Assistant in Northern Ireland.


© 2012 Keith William Marshall. Posted at Apologetics Index by permission.

Bookmark share or email this Apologetics Index page Bookmark, Share, Print or Email This Page

Tags and keywords for this Apologetics Index entry More About...

Related Tags / Keywords:

Information about Apologetics Index research resources Comment

  • Responses are currently closed, but you can comment on your own website, blog, or elsewhere (e.g. Google+, Facebook) and include a 'trackback' link to this page.
  • Note: If the current entry includes a Table of Contents (top, right-hand corner), the comments section is located on the first page of the entry (and may indeed be open. Do check.) Also, on some entries, the comments section is located on a separate page. Again, see the topic's Table of Contents -- if included.

Comments are closed. Use our Apologetics Index Google+ page instead.

RSS Feed Subscribe to Apologetics Index updates via RSS news feed or email

Subscribe: Subscribed to Religion News Blog via email Email   Follow Religion News Blog at Twitter Twitter   Read Religion News in an RSS reader RSS   Google+ Google+

Information about Apologetics Index research resources More Apologetics & Countercult Research?

• Select a topic from our A-Z Index
• See our home page for the latest updates and additions to the site
• Or use our Google-powered search engine:
This topic, Pastoral Care: Listening to God’s People, was last updated: Oct. 24, 2012     - Peace