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Funerals are among the most daunting duties of ministry---especially if you're a new pastor. Drawing on years of parish experience, Mansell offers sensitive guidance on how to conduct funeral services. His compassionate advice on ministering to loved ones, leading worship, writing sermons, and more will prepare you to serve God's people in times of loss. 76 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 96 Vendor: Abingdon Press Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: .250 X 5.500 X 8.500 (inches) ISBN: 0687067901 ISBN-13: 9780687067909 Availability: Available to ship on or about 01/04/14.
This complete guide to pastoral care at the time of a death includes both a theoretical introduction and practical guidance about how pastors can and should respond to the needs and expectations of families and communities. It provides guidance for pastors on how to respond to the needs of the bereaved throughout the period of direct pastoral involvement with family and friends, the kind of responses that are appropriate and expected at the time of death, and the nature of the funeral service and the funeral sermon. The book contains complete to-do lists and sample guides. It is especially useful for new pastors.
John S. Mansell, an ordained minister in The United Church of Christ, has served congregations in Arizona, Idaho, California, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He has written several articles on worship and spirituality for Church Worship magazine. He was recognized by the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ for "most outstanding church newsletter." John's hobbies include gardening, singing in the church choir, and penning inter-generational, scripture-based dramas.
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