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Master of Social Work (MSW)


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Pastoral counseling, Northwest Christian College



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88 Pages


Pastoral Counseling is recognized by many people with the Church as one of the expected duties of the Minister. It is built into his role as Spiritual and moral leader of the people within the Congregation. Although this concept of the Minister varies among denominations and churches, it appears to be fairly consistent within the Christian Church. It was out of an interest and concern for both the Christian and mental health, that a study about Pastoral Counseling was conceived. It was hoped that such a study would clarify what was involved in Pastoral Counseling and how it was related to other kinds of Counseling. There was relatively little information on the general subject of Pastoral Counseling, and nothing could be found which dealt specifically with Pastoral Counseling among Ministers of the Christian Church. Although mos't of the literature was written within a basic Protestant framework, much of the work was aimed at instructing Ministers O!l how to be Counselors rather than to describe the nature and extent of Pastoral Counseling. In order to obtain that descriptive information it was determined that a survey would be made of a sample of Christian Church Ministers in Oregon. By holding the variables "denomination" and location constant, it was felt that more inferences could be made from the sample to the total population.


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A report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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