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Tend My Flock: Sustaining Good Practice in Pastoral Care [Paperback]

Kate Litchfield
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29 Sep 2006
Tend My Flock is a companion and guide for ordained and lay ministers seeking to live their pastoral ministry well, amid all the complexities and pressures of contemporary society. Much pastoral care is exercised with integrity and sensitivity and yet there are many potential hazards. "Tend My Flock" addresses issues which often remain unspoken, inviting dialogue, reflection, honest self-examination and the courage to share struggles and dilemmas with colleagues, friends in ministry and family members. It offers practical, tried and tested guidance in key areas including: confidentiality and trust; power, authority and vulnerability; setting and maintaining boundaries; safeguarding health and well-being; maintaining positive personal relationships; and, transition, loss and bereavement.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich; Reprint edition (29 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853116483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853116483
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will be a vital resource for anyone engaged in pastoral care of for counsellors working with people in pastoral care roles, whether as therapists or, increasingly, in pastoral supervision. (...) Kate Lichtfield, as Counsellor to the Diocese of Norwich, is ideally placed to undertake this task and brings to it her experience with many clergy, lay ministers and their families. (...) The book addresses almost every key area for good pastoral care and where things go wrong in ministry -often with dreadful consequences for all concerned. Lichtfield is profoundly realistic about the processes that lead to broken boundaries, abuses of power and consequent disaster. (...) There is much wisdom in this book and many fruitful questions, whether for those new to ministry or seasoned by years of experience. I will be recommending it strongly to colleagues, supervisees and continuing to draw on it myself." -- Chris Jenkins 'Although all readers at some point in their ministry are likely to be engaged to a greater or lesser degree in pastoral care, this book is intended for those, chiefly clergy, for whom a pastoral ministry is an integral part of their work. It is full of wise and practical insights into the complexities and pressure of pastoral care, covering such issues as confidentiality and trust, loss and bereavement, authority and vulnerability. It centres especially on the stress upon those exercising this ministry and would be valuable to all those apt to overlook the emotional strain placed upon our ordained colleagues. Beginning life as a booklet offering practical advice for local clergy, it has been developed into what amounts to a textbook of good practice which would be valuabe reference for sharing in a ministry team.' -- Robert Bevan The Reader 2007

About the Author

KATE LITCHFIELD is Diocesan Counsellor in the Diocese of Norwich. She has worked with clergy, a tutor in pastoral care and a legal advisor in developing this handbook. She lives in Norwich.

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5.0 out of 5 stars TEND MY FLOCK - EXCELLENT COPY 10 Sep 2010
By Rob W
Firstly, the quality of the book itself was excellent. Secondly, as a UK deacon in formation, the content of this book was extremely valuable. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in pastoral studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEND MY FLOCK 20 April 2011
This is perhaps one of the finest works available about Pastoral Care. While it was written by a member of the Church of England and many references refer to that branch of the Church Universal, the ministry of any Pastor or Priest will benefit greatly from a careful study of this book.

Kate Litchfield speaks from her prayerful experience. Her words are always illuminating and encouraging. Sometimes it is disconcerting to realise, perhaps for the first time, the many hidden pitfalls in apparently ordinary pastoral encounters.

Kate does not prescribe a set response for individual situations, but encourages the reader to think and pray more deeply about their relationships with both co-workers and parishioners. Anybody reading this book with an open mind and heart will find their ministry immeasurably enriched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tend my Flock 31 Mar 2011
Tend my Flock is a useful and easy to read handbook on providing pastoral care. As Kate Litchfield says in her introduction it is not a comprehensive guide but she addresses honestly some of the issues that will affect people involved in this work and provides helpful practical advice.
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A very good read for anyone involved in pastoral care. It is one that I shall recommend to my fellow carers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tend my flock 5 Oct 2010
By mojo
Good all round book you are able to pick and choose and go back and forth again and agasin
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