The Counseling Function of Pastors: A Study of Practice and Preparation

Volume
Volume 9
Issue
Fall 1981
Title
The Counseling Function of Pastors: A Study of Practice and Preparation
Abstract

This study looked at the counseling function of pastors in terms of several practice and preparation variables by studying a group of pastors from the Columbia District, United Methodist Church, Columbia South Carolina. The results showed that all respondents were to some extent involved in counseling activities, used primarily Rogerian theory and non-directive techniques, worked mostly with individuals and dyads, had short-term contacts, and most frequently dealt with problems related to traditional pastoral functions and life meaning. Respondents saw their ability to help as due primarily to personal characteristics and their spiritual perspective. Satisfaction with training was low. Results also raised several questions that merit further investigation.

Author
Dr. L.W. Abramczyk
Pages
257 - 265
Price
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