CS/ID305Pastoral Approaches to Healing: Christian Care & the Care-Giver (I)
CS/ID305 : Pastoral Approaches to Healing: Christian Care & the Care-Giver (I) (1.5 Credit)
Academic Year : 2021
About this course
This is a course for people who want to care for others well, for those who desire to "proclaim the good news" (Isa 61:1-3) and see healing and care brought to those who are addicted, abused or confused in the church.
In extending care to others however, there is no 'us (the care-giver/helper/leader) vs them (the needy ones)'. Like those seeking help in the church, we who offer care are similarly prone to sin and daily ‘needy’ for God’s grace, mercy and healing for the various wounds, sins and sin tendencies in our own lives. Hence, a foundational idea in this course is that we care well only when we let God continue to care for us as broken people— who have wounded others and may wound again. Only then can we “pass” or mediate God’s perfect care and real healing to those God calls us to, in a sustainable and healthy way.
Therefore, this is firstly, an EXPERIENTIAL course offering pastoral care to the care-givers/helpers. Students will be challenged to engage their hearts to look within themselves honestly and seek God as they experience firsthand the teaching and small group prayer times of a Journey discipleship program that offers a model of Christian care that prioritizes active listening to the other and with the other to God.
Besides the experiential component, this course will present the theological underpinnings and practice of Journey’s model of Christian care as one way in which Christians can walk alongside, pray and disciple, within rightful boundaries, those who struggle with addictions, various issues and/ or past wounding in the church.
As with all BGST classes, the course will draw upon Scripture, Christian Tradition and Interdisciplinary studies.
Scripture: What does the Bible say about healing and the care of human beings; the Holy Spirit and His Work in our daily lives and about self-awareness.
Tradition: Learning from practices and teachings of Christians from diverse backgrounds and historical periods, such as Augustine of Hippo, Benedict of Nursia, Thomas Aquinas, Ignatius of Loyola, John Calvin, Brother Lawrence, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Considering insights from pastoral theology, spiritual direction, counseling and therapy.
The course will be conducted in lectures, class discussions, activities and prayer in small groups.
Lecturer : Constance FourieConstance has an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College and previously served as National Director of Journey Asia in Singapore project, a discipleship ministry that walked alongside people with sexual and relational struggles in the church. An avid flamenco dancer, Constance explored the relationship between Theology and Dance while she was at Regent. Formerly, she has been an OMF Missionary in Japan, Communications Manager at the Regent College Marketplace Institute and Missions Worker at the Aslan Performance Arts Centre (Spain). With her many cultural experiences, she is always interested to engage around the question of how our cultural backgrounds impact--- for better and worse--- our relating to Jesus. Recently, she relocated to Canada with her family to join Journey Canada (same ministry, different country) as Director of Ethnic Engagement. She is married to Jacques and has one daughter.
Venue: Zoom Classroom , own study place
Oct 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov 5, 12
(7:15pm – 10:00pm)