- DOXOLOGY Collegium Fellow
- Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boise, ID
Pastors are called to provide spiritual care for both the household of faith and their own household, which likely includes a wife and children. This sequence seeks to equip pastors for that task by defining the arena of battle; discussing common temptations, pitfalls and snares; and exploring Christ’s gifts for exercising spiritual care in various aspects of his daily life.
- Session 1 “Individual Spiritual Care”
Because of the demands of others and the desire to assist those in need, pastors and other professional church workers tend to ignore their own spiritual needs as they care for those around them. In this session, participants will:
- Examine the conscience as the battleground of spiritual warfare.
- Discuss specific temptations and sins which prey upon the conscience of professional church workers.
- Explore the benefits of repentance, confession and absolution, the Lord’s Supper and personal devotional discipline in individual spiritual care.
- Session 2 “Spiritual Care of Family”
Whether it is the pastor’s own household or others under his spiritual care, it is indisputable that the family is under attack and parents are often wondering how best to build the faith of their children at home. In this session, participants will:
- Review biblical texts related to the catechesis of children in the home.
- Discuss basic truths of life regarding household catechesis which are often overlooked.
- Address various temptations that threaten household catechesis.
- Explore various tools and opportunities for home catechesis.
- Session 3 “Spiritual Care of Community”
Fostering a sense of community can be a challenge both among church workers and in the congregations they serve. This session explores a theological approach to cultivate community in both groups. In this session, participants will:
- Identify the Church as defined by Scripture in the Lutheran Confessions.
- Examine the individual’s part in preparing for community.
- Explore what individuals owe to one another as fellow workers in service to the body of Christ.