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Describe the essential qualities of a pastoral caregiver Outline literature used to support your assumptions Discuss the qualities you believe that you have already and what you recognise you need to develop Include how you intend to do this The shepherd was with his flock day and night often in remote places far from home and he had to be skilled in keeping the flock together in finding wanderers and stragglers in recognising the ailments of his sheep and knowing how to cure them and in ensuring the safety of the vulnerable members of the flock This definition of the role of a pastoral caregiver highlights the necessity for certain fundamental qualities within an individual in this role These qualities include integrity relevant response to issues of the time deep knowledge of the heart of God humility and love Deep knowledge of the heart of God is the most important quality for someone in a pastoral role Do you know the incarnate God In our world of loneliness and despair there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of god a heart that forgives that cares that reaches out and wants to healThe knowledge of Jesus heart is a knowledge of the heart And when we live in the world with that knowledge we cannot do other than bring healing reconciliation new life and hope wherever we go Spiritual maturity is essential as the above quote of Henri Nouwen explains and is further defined by St Gregory the Great where he wrote That man therefore ought by all means to be drawn with cords to be an example of good livingwho studies so to live that he may be able to water even dry hearts with the streams of doctrine for a rounded and biblically sound approach as a carer However the relationship between the individual and Christ is inevitably ever changing The pastoral caregiver has
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