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The Minister and the Care of Souls by Daniel Day Williams


Daniel Day Williams was associate professor of Christian theology in the Federated theological Faculty of the University of Chicago and the Chicago Theological Seminary, then Professor of Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. This material is based on a series of lectures Dr. Williams gave in 1959, and was published by Harper & Row in 1961. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and Winnie Brock.


Preface
The author writes as a theologian and minister, and claims no special competence in the field of pastoral counseling. Nevertheless, he has had the privilege of many yearsí intimate discussion with those working in this field.

Chapter 1 Therapy and Salvation: The Dimensions of Human Need
From a Christian point of view, human needs must be met on two levels: The need of both the body and the mind for that which sustains and nourishes. The search for therapy becomes transmuted into the quest for salvation.

Chapter 2: The Ministerís Authority
When we speak of authority in the Christian faith and ministry, we must see that authority through its source, namely, in the revelation in Jesus Christ. This is to say that our authority derives from him whose claim rests finally on nothing other than the sheer expression of love to God and to men.

Chapter 3: Personal Channels of Grace
What happens when the individual comes to the pastor for help in time of trouble? While we concentrate on the individual person and his relationship to a counselor, we do not mean to forget the social dimension of life. We must seek to understand the structure of human life as a history of personal relationships in which Godís grace works as transforming power. Godís grace is his love in action.

Chapter 4: Forgiveness, Judgment and Acceptance
Forgiveness, as the Christian understands it, involves all that we mean by psychological acceptance. The pastor should find his capacity to enter into the problems of another sustained and increased by the resources of grace to which in faith he turns.

Chapter. 5: The Ministerís Self-Knowledge
The pastor can obstruct the work of grace if he does not understand himself or his people. That is why churches, theological schools, and laymen are taking a new look at the preparation of the Christian minister.

Chapter 6: Life in the Church and the Healing of the Human Spirit
The church is the true Christian community holding out hope for the nurture and health of spirit to those within it, when it is animated by the spirit of acceptance, of reconciliation, and of service.

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