Pastoral Care Trichotomies

The essence of ministerial interventions is spiritual. However, aspects of the spiritual strategies are manifested in the body and soul. Specifically:

  • Agapic Care is the essence of ministerial interventions
  • Pistosic Care is required for spiritually-rooted physical actions
  • Elpistic Care is for spiritually-rooted emotional expressions.

In the context of Pastoral Care, ministering to the human spirit means employing strategies to produce the relevant spiritual outcome (see Table 2). The desired outcomes are measured against Fructus Spiritus. Ministry toward the desired outcomes is based on Relational Theology. Relationships are the foundation for all Pastoral Care.

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The spiritual condition of an individual relates to others. Pastoral Care ministers to the interconnectedness of humanity through the Trinitarian Model. This is the Christian concept of God as a single Entity expressed through three Personalities.

  • The Father is a Spirit shared by Son
  • The Father is the Son in Body
  • The Son is the embodiment of the Father’s Soul and Spirit.

This single Entity cannot exist in isolation. The crossover in the relationship between Father & Spirit and Son & Spirit is the basis of spiritual care. No human spirit can be well in isolation. Spiritual well-being is relational. That means the human trichotomy of spirit, soul and body is “whole” when in relationship with itself, with others and with God.

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Pastoral Care strategies are centred on the Triumvirate; spiritual conditions are managed by Fructus Spiritus; ministries work within the related level of fulfilment. The “fruit” of holistic well-being is associated with three levels of association (see Table 3).

Primary fruitfulness in one’s being is the foundation for fulfilment. This is one’s relationship with Authority, represented by the Father in the Trinitarian Model.

Secondary fruitfulness is transitional. This is one’s relationship with Family, represented by the Son in the Trinitarian Model. Family in the context of Pastoral Care is not limited to blood-relationships. It includes all those closest to the individual as well as the individual itself.

Tertiary fruitfulness is fulfilment. This is one’s relationship with Society, represented by the Spirit in the Trinitarian Model. However, the relationship is reflective of inner peace. To be at peace with others is only possible if one is at peace with their Self.

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“Good” Success

Did you ever consider that some success is bad?

Have you reached a goal and then felt guilty? Is the guilt genuine because you used people for your own means? Are you losing sight as to what is truly important? Don’t lose hope – there is help!

It begins by learning the secret of “good” success.

How to sustain success is not often addressed. Its method, although known, is not widely publicized. Yet its secret is used by a vast number of successful people.

Truly successful persons understand the gift to bestow and the power of altruism.

In the previous post, it was established that a business plan is needed. However, its value exists only if the foundations are in place. To sustain success, you must incorporate ethics into your plan.

Andrew Carnegie

In March 2015, a debate ended sourly inside the West Auckland suburb of Titirangi, New Zealand. A couple bought a piece of property to develop. They wanted to build their dream home. To fulfill their dream required local government consent to cut down a tree. The tree was a “young” Kauri about 300-400 years old. The Council consented. That is when the fireworks began.

A polarized society responded. On one hand were those who believe in individual property rights. They believed freedom was being attacked. On the other hand were those who believe that native fauna of that vintage belong to the people not individuals.

The couple abandoned their dream and the tree still stands. At the heart of the dilemma is altruism versus egoism.

  • If you believe in the protection of property rights to the fullest, you will express altruism differently. You will champion the individual as representative of Society.
  • If you believe in the protection of resources to the fullest, you will express altruism differently. You will champion the resource as belonging to Society and not individuals.

Altruism preserves for a greater good. Egoism deconstructs for individual purposes. The Kauri removal debate illustrates how ethics are not created in isolation. New Zealand as a Society was forced to consider what it valued as the greater good. The couple adhered to all the rules of law yet Society deemed its written law did not express a value they held to be above the law.

Your success, if motivated by egoism and created in isolation, is not good.

Albert Einstein

Practical Exercise

  1. Identify your personal values of worth.
  2. Consider how you practice your values with your immediate family.
  3. Incorporate your values into your business plan.
  4. Create a Code of Conduct for your business.

Integrity is the foundation for your inner actions, the heart of who you are. Your “walk” is watched by others. It will match how you “talk” to yourself. When you align the inner talk with the outer walk, you are “upright”, “righteous”, or true to yourself. Like the Rugby goal posts, you stand upright, rigid, and unwavering to the balls kicked your way.

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Building Trustworthy Relationships

Trust is required in all good relationships. Whether its business or personal, the greater compliment is being told you are trusted.

Many business owners assume if they give the market what they want they will be loved. Love, however, is only part of the equation. Loyal clients love your products because of trust in your service.

Whether you are a leader in business, not-for-profit, or a leader at home; trust is the greater requirement. The ideal atmosphere is when love results from trust.

There is in American history an account of a strong leader. She abandoned her husband with no warning; she couldn’t work a job longer than six months; when she did work she was so tired that she would fall asleep in the middle of a conversation. Was she loved? Yes! How? Because she was trusted: she was Harriot Tubman, the “Moses” of southern American slaves who followed her to freedom.

Trust is the foundation upon which a mature devotion can flourish. You usually have to stretch yourself beyond your current abilities when it comes to living and working with others. You have to develop unique skills.

Building trust with a loved one or work colleague requires character and competence. Connect in a way where you want to see what is best for those you lead.

Every duty of a leader has at its core this responsibility to improve those they are leading.

Adoration of your business yielding word-of-mouth referrals is a by-product of being trusted. When you work at becoming trustworthy, everyone benefits.

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