Concordia Theological Monthly

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Crisis and the Clergyman

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crisis situation, pastor, family, mental health, clergyman, parishioner

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


As a minister views his pastoral role, he realizes he is on the front line when problem situations arise in the lives of his parishioners. There are frequent telephone calls in which people request counseling in the privacy of his study for a variety of problem situations. Often a casual contact with a parishioner results in a conversation that reveals deeply troubled feelings. These are a few of the indicators to any pastor that he is a significant person in the life of his parishioners, particularly at a time of crisis. Clergymen are also regarded on the front line in problem-solving from the perspective of social agencies, hospitals, and mental health clinics.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars