Ministers, deacons and congregational care-givers are facing a surge in the need for pastoral care—yet many of the ways we have offered care in the past are no longer possible.
How do we address our anxiety over having to adapt to new ways of doing things; navigating physical danger; financial struggles; and other things we are called to do as a result of the crisis?
What is the effect of all this enforced proximity on our families—our most significant relationships? Where can someone get help when they are depressed – particularly in a time of social distancing? What can we do to combat an increased sense of isolation at a time when we are being called to deliberately isolate ourselves?
As leaders, what can we do to ensure that those in our care are not neglected, even when we can’t see them as much as we’re used to? What can we do to ensure that our reserves of energy, empathy, and health are not going to be run down as we try to “be there” for everyone else?
To help churches respond to these challenges, BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky’s Flourish Center has rapidly developed a six-session online workshop series focusing on key issues for pastoral care during this time of pandemic. The workshop series is titled: “Pastoral Care & COVID-19.”
The online workshop is a non-credit, short-term workshop designed to assist congregations and their leaders in this season of need.
Session topics include:
Session 1: Dealing with Anxiety
Session 2: Dealing with Family Stress
Session 3: Dealing with Depression
Session 4: Dealing with Loneliness
Session 5: Dealing with Pastoral Care
Session 6: Dealing with Self-Care
Featuring prerecorded lectures as well as live Zoom gatherings for discussion, each session of the workshop series provides solid content and opportunities for dialogue with leaders and fellow caregivers.
“Pastoral Care & COVID-19” Is led by Dr. Wade Rowatt and Dr. Dartanya Hill.
Dr. Wade Rowatt has taught Pastoral Care and Counseling for over 37 years. He is currently the Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Wade also supervises Pastoral Counselors in Training and conducts a Parish and Community Program in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Dr. Dartanya Hill is Pastor of West End Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Hill regularly teaches at BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky at our Louisville Simmons College of Kentucky campus as an adjunct professor in the area of pastoral care.
The course is the first in a new collection of workshops coming from BSK’s Flourish Center for Congregational Imagination. In Fall 2020 “Introduction to the Bible” will be offered with a similar format. Flourish workshops are designed to strengthen leadership in congregations through seminary-quality growth opportunities.
The initial session, Dealing with Anxiety, begins Thursday, April 23, at 7pm EST., with a new session each of the next 5 Thursdays. Registration is just $39 per person (normally $125). For more information, or to sign up for the series, visit flourish.bsk.edu/covid.