Resources for Continuing Education


Intro to Pastoral Care

  • Roberts, Rabbi Stephen B.: Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Book

  • Doehring, Carrie. The Practice of Pastoral Care, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Postmodern Approach Paperback – January 2, 2015

  • Clinebell, Howard. Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing & Growth. Nashville: Abington Press, 1984.

  • Gerkin, Charles V. An Introduction to Pastoral Care. Nashville: Abington Press, 1997.

  • Hamman, Jaco J. Becoming a Pastor: Forming Self and Soul for Ministry. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2014.

  • Helsel, Phillp. Pastoral Care and Counseling, An Introduction: Care for Stories, Systems and Selves. Paulist Press. 2018.

  • Holifield, E. Brooks. A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization. Nashville: Abington Press, 1983.

  • Hunter, Rodney J. (General Editor). Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville: Abington Press, 2005.

  • Purves, Andrew. Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

  • Ramsey, Nancy. Pastoral Diagnosis: A Resource for Ministries of Care and Counseling. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998.

  • Roberts, Rabbi Stephen B.: Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Book.

Disability Theology

  • McCloughry, Roy. The Enabled Life: Christianity in a Disabling World. SPCK Publishing, 2013.

  • Reinders, Hans S. Disability, Providence, and Ethics: Bridging Gaps, Transforming Lives. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.

  • Reynolds, Thomas E. Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008.

  • Yong, Amos. The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011.

  • Young, Frances. Arthur’s Call: A Journey of Faith in the Face of Severe Learning Disability. SPCK Publishing, 2014.

Self-Awareness – Cultural Sensitivities

  • Augsburger, David W. Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1986.

    • David Augsburger’s insights are pertinent to self-awareness at two levels. Pastoral counseling provides a forum for people to be critically self-aware. Cross-cultural pastoral counseling brings a cultural sensitivity to critical self-awareness. Particularly, Augsburger’s book helps us to think theologically, which serves as a foundation to think of ways to be more cultural friendly to those who maintain diverse cultural values.

  • Burns, Paul. The Sabbath Challenge-Learning to Rest in A World That Never Sleeps, 2017

  • Boisen, Anton T. Exploration of the Inner World. New York: Harper, 1936.

    • Anton Boisen (known as the founder of the CPE movement) sheds light on the human inner world through his personal experience with mental illness. He is a relevant resource in showing the connection between religious experience and human experience. As chaplains who attempt to become critically self-aware, Boisen’s book will ask the questions: How are you discovering/experiencing God during the process of uncovering the genuine self? Was God part of the process or were there times when you wanted to hide from God?

  • Elmer, Duane. Cross Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry. Downers Grove: IVP, 1993.

    • Elmer brings a fresh hermeneutic to the issue of discovering truth by way of relational “saving face” approaches that are used as foundational literature pertinent to increasing critical self-awareness from a multicultural setting.

  • Kraus, Paul D. “Increasing Critical Self-Awareness: A Revised Model for Pastoral Care”. Dissertation, December 18, 2008. (Theological Research Exchange Network).

  • Lingenfelter, Sherwood G., and Marvin K. Mayers. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006.

    • Their book emphasizes the incarnate Christ as a model for ministers to be Christ-like. The need to learn and understand cultural values of the different other is of high importance, especially when considering critical self-awareness.

  • Lozano-Diaz, Nora O. Women’s Work: A Guide to Growth and Self-Discovery. Scottdale: Herald, 1994.

    • Lozano-Diaz is a Feminist/Latina theologian who combines protestant liberation theology with an understanding of the Mexican culture as it relates to Christianity. Her book is a resource as we reflect on people of the margins regarding methods of learning and self-awareness for those whose self-esteem has been wounded.

  • Montilla, Esteban R. Pastoral Care and Counseling with Latino/as. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

    • A pastoral theologian of Latino-Venezuela descent, Montilla brings the Latino world into dialogue with the majority Anglo clinical pastoral tradition. His clinical experience and research in family therapy bring additional richness and resources that are germane to family of origin studies within the Hispanic context.

  • Muse, Stephen, ed. Beside Still Water: Resources for Shepherds in the Market Place. Macon: Smyth, 2000.

    • Muse's book connects the dots regarding a study of unconscious motivations and behaviors that have become unaccounted for in ministry.

  • Palmer, Parker J. The Courage To Teach. San Francisco: Jossey, 1998.

    • An encourager of educators, Parker calls ministers to engage in the call of critical self-awareness – a call to become transparent with our identity and integrity.

  • Richardson, Ronald W. Creating a Healthier Church: A Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.

    • Richardson’s book embraces the end result of being more self-aware, which is to produce a healthier self, thus, a healthier ministry. His book brings evidence that leaders, particularly pastoral leaders, have the added responsibility to become critically self-aware since the awareness affects our emotional and relational functioning as a trickle down affect upon our parishioners, patients, and clients.

  • Steinke, Peter L. Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach. New York: Alban, 1996.

    • A student of Murray Bowen and Edwin Friedman, Steinke has transformed Bowen's Family Systems Theory in a direction that gives the impression that people should not feel stuck in a system. Rather, he provides contemporary tools to discover how to be less reactive and more productive or responsive.

  • Underwood, Ralph. Empathy and Confrontation in Pastoral Care. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985.

    • Underwood’s book, although not from a cultural perspective, leads the reader into alternative ways for people to examine truth directly. Respect in a relationship is at the heart of how one approaches truth – especially truth that may cause much embarrassment.

Multiculturalism and Human Diversity

  • Augsburger, David. W, Conflict Mediation Across Cultures, Louisville: WJK, 1992

  • Lingenfelter, Sherwood G., and Mayers, K. Marvin, Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships, Third edition, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006

  • Toole, Mary M, Handbook for Chaplains, New York: Paulist Press, 2006

  • Calhoun, Jimi, The Art of God: Reflections on Music, Diversity, and the Beauty in You, Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015

  • Conde-Frazer, Kang, S. Steve, and Parrett, Gary A, A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation, Grand Rapids: Baker Academy, (3rd printing: 2007)

  • Garcia, Ismael, Dignidad: Ethics through Hispanic Eyes, Nashville: Abington: 1997

  • Jensen, David H, In the Company of Others: A Dialogical Christology, Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2001

  • Payne, Ruby K, Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, Highlands: Aha! Process, Inc. Revised 2005

  • Skidmore, Thomas E, Modern Latin America, Fifth edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001

Crisis Ministry

  • Anderson, Herbert and Mitchell, Kenneth R. All Our Losses, All Our Griefs: Resources for Pastoral Care. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2010.

  • Jones, Serene. Trauma + Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World. Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

  • Wright, H. Norman. The Complete Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling: What to Do and Say When It Matters Most! Ventura: Regal Books, 2011.

  • Bagby, Daniel. Crisis Ministry: A Handbook. Macon: Smith & Helwys, 2002.

  • Stone, Howard W. Crisis Counseling (Revised Edition). Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

  • Switzer, David K. The Minister as Crisis Counselor (Revised and Enlarged). Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1987.

  • Poindexter G., Richard. Ministering To Families Affected By Military Deployment. click on the following URL for the complete document: )

  • Williams, Sarah. Perfectly Human. Plough Publishing. 2018.

  • Young, Marlene A. The Community Crisis Response Team Training Manual (2nd edition). National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), Washington, DC, 2002. (Not on Reserve, but instead click on the following URL for the complete document:


  • Bolton, Robert. People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1979.

  • Friedman, Edwin H. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of Quick Fix. N.Y.: Seabury Books, 2017, (10th Anniversary edition).

  • Healthcare Chaplaincy Network’s Chaplaincy Management Training Course

  • Lencioni, Patrick, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Jossey-Bass. 2002.

  • Steinke, Peter L. Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2006.