Pastoral Visitation: A Pocket Manual  -     By: David Short, David Searle
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Pastoral Visitation: A Pocket Manual

Christian Focus Publications / 2005 / Hardcover

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This brief, but indispensable introduction to pastoral visitation provides basic guidance for those who are committed to being an incarnation of Christ's love and compassion to the sick and infirm. Suggested scripture readings, prayers and other essential resources are included. 142 pages. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 142
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 4.31 X 4.31 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 1845500164
ISBN-13: 9781845500160

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Publisher's Description

Visiting the sick, lonely or downcast is a duty we all have as Christians. It is not to be left to ministers or elders but is a responsibility for all those who seek to follow Christ's perfect example. The problem often arises when we actually make the visit. Discussing the weather or the hospital food is all very well but for our visit to have maximum value we need to try and help the person spiritually. Reading our favourite Bible passage might suffice once but it cannot be apt to every situation and what happens when you visit for a second time?

This is where this book helps. Providing Scripture readings, a prayer and even a suggested hymn for a wide range of possible visits it is a wonderfully useful tool. Written by authors with long pastoral experience it will prove a real help to all those who seek to turn the routine visit into a time of real spiritual growth.

Author Bio

Until his retirement in 2005 David Searle was Director of Rutherford House, a theological research and study centre in Edinburgh. Prior to that he pastored two Churches of Scotland before moving to Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland where he pastored Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church for eight years from 1985. David Short (1918-2005) was appointed Physician to Her Majesty the Queen in 1977 and then Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. In addition to his medical career he was both a preacher of God's Word and a pastor. He died in May 2005.

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    Obviously a tried and successful manual that took years of service and stumbling and fine-tuning to maken it useful. And it is useful.
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