The art of listening lies at the heart of pastoral ministry. Listening establishes a genuine relationship between persons and creates an environment for authentic dialogue. This book provides a comprehensive study of the art of listening for those currently practicing or studying for vocations in pastoral care and counseling.
Neil Pembroke constructs a practical theology of what it means to be a supportive, healing, growth-promoting caregiver. He builds his theology on the work of Gabriel Marcel and Martin Buber, two philosophers who posited meeting or dialogue as primary in interpreting the nature of human existence in the world. Throughout the book Pembroke applies the approach of these two thinkers to the practical task of pastoral care, showing that meaningful person-to-person dialogue is the result of availability, which involves reception of the other, and confirmation, which encourages others to grow into their God-endowed potential.
The first book to isolate and present in practical terms the essential components of effective pastoral care, this book is must reading for everyone involved in the professions.