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Pastoral Care

Attend to Stories How to Flourish in Ministry book cover.
Author: Karen D. Scheib

Refresh, renew, rekindle passion for ministry by helping others revisit their stories.

Reinvigorate your ministry as you help others. Author Dr. Karen Scheib says that to experience a new sense of freedom in caring for others, we must first help them attend to their story and connect their story with others and God. But to do so effectively, we must be willing to revision our own story, so that we can exemplify Christian happiness and offer others a path toward fulfillment.

Author Information:

Karen D. Scheib is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Dr. Scheib is the author of Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care with Older Women and Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives. She is active in the Society for Pastoral Theology and has served as co-editor of the Journal of Pastoral Theology. Dr. Scheib is an elder in The United Methodist Church.

Benedict on Campus Eight Spiritual Disciplines for Collegiate Ministry
Author: David E. MacDonald

Incorporate spiritual disciplines into collegiate ministry settings.

Inspired by the religious life of St. Benedict and richly illustrated with concrete examples, MacDonald adapts eight spiritual disciplines for emerging young adults. This book is a practical guide for those who work with emerging adults—college and university chaplains, campus ministers, student leaders, pastors, parachurch professionals, and spiritual directors. 

Spiritual practices include:

Author Information:

David E. MacDonaldis University Chaplain at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He is also an elder in the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

Survivor Care What Religious Professionals Need to Know about Healing Trauma
Author: Christy Gunter Sim

Help victims of violence and abuse find healing.

Written especially for Christian professionals and pastors, this book explains the complexities of violence and care.From a sound scientific and spiritual perspective, Sim gives concrete ways to address standards of care, healing, and confidentiality and shows why violence and abuse continue to plague our society. Beginning with the neurobiology of trauma, this practical guide outlines three modes of biological reaction and introduces specific ways healing and wholeness can occur.

Author Information:

Christy GunterChristy Gunter Simhas a doctorate from Saint Paul School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and over 500 hours of specialized training in violence and trauma. Dr. Sim offers expert advice, training, and consulting for domestic/family violence, sexual assault, secondary trauma prevention, and trauma healing for churches, faith leaders, and nonprofit community partners. For more information see

Author: Sarah E. Bollinger & Angela R. Olsen

Find peace, balance, focus, and well-being in the midst of everyday pressures of college life.

An 8-week, small group curriculum designed to teach psychosocial skills and help students build resiliency and foster mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being using mindfulness techniques.

Author Information:

Sarah E. Bollinger, PhD, LCSW,is Director of Collegiate Ministry Leadership Development, Division of Higher Education, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Angela R. Olsen, MDiv, is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and Associate Pastor of Connections, Community United Methodist Church, Columbia, Missouri.

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