Creativity in pastoral care

From Alastair Campbell in Paid to Care?:

Creativity in pastoral care requires more than merely being a back-up or ancillary service to the ‘real’ professionals.  It entails offering something new, something which may be sparked by the friction which a theological understanding of human nature offers.

And that’s why an immersion in theology is the best preparation that I know for leadership in the church.  Sure, you need to develop your people skills, your preaching needs honing and you need to grow the hide of a rhinoceros.  But, in essence, nothing can give you the edge of creativity that is awakened by a theological understanding of God and humanity.

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