Author - Thomas C. Oden
This four-volume set provides a topical arrangement of passages from classic Christian writings offering guidance on all major topics of pastoral theology. Writings from more than two hundred notable Christian authors--from Abelard and Ambrose to Isaac Watts and Zwingli--are arranged in thirty topical sections. Volumes are available individually in addition to the four-volume set.
Volume one, Becoming a Minister, is concerned with the person and self-understanding of the pastoral caregiver. Volume two, Ministry through Word and Sacrament, guides pastors in caring for other's health, their own health, and the life of the soul. Volume three, Pastoral Counsel, brings new perspective to the counseling ministry as pastors seek to help those who are hurting. Volume four, Crisis Ministries, addresses crucial situations in which pastors are often called to respond to urgent and specific challenges as they comfort those who suffer.