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Clergy Leadership Institute: Pastoral Care
Sat, April 29, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM CDT
The Texas Bible Chair Foundation is dedicated to providing excellent opportunities for education in the Christian Faith, and the Clergy Leadership Institute is designed to give insightful continuing education to clergy, both ordained and commissioned. Our workshops are open to all.
Clergy Leadership Institute
Our workshops on Pastoral Care will be led by Rev. Guy Sawyer, who has been a chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor for over 30 years in Texas. And will cover these areas:
Introduction to Pastoral Care
A brief survey on Pastoral Care, including a theological and biblical foundation for offering care. In addition, we will offer tools and techniques on how to engage other persons with empathy and assess situations and relationships with the compassion of Christ, with sensitivity to culture and context.
The Importance of Self-Care
We cannot offer quality care to others if we are not taking care of ourselves. We will look at some practices that will help you.
Pastoral Care as a Community
Though the minister is responsible for offering pastoral care, so is the congregation as a whole. How does the minister build a network of trained care-givers in a congregation so that the community reflects the compassion of Christ?
In preparation for the event, Rev. Guy Sawyer would like all participants to read Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor by Emma J. Justes (click here to order on Amazon.com).
9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am - 9:45 am Welcome and Worship
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Introduction to Pastoral Care
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm LUNCH (Provided with Registration)
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm The Importance of Self-Care
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Pastoral Care as a Community
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Closing Worship with Communion
About our Instructor: Guy Sawyer was born in San Antonio and grew up in Austin where he attended the University of Texas (B.A. in Zoology, 1966) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1971). He married Loretta, and we have four adult daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live close by and are constant sources of joy and amazement.
His ministry career was in the context of hospital chaplaincy. He is certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and a Board Certified member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. His hospital ministry spanned experiences from bed-side ministry to patients and family members (day and night, weekdays and weekends) to working with other healthcare professionals and hospital departments to develop quality patient-care services. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), the focus of his career, is an experienced-based learning process that uses small groups and individual supervision with students for growth and learning. He developed and/or conducted programs of CPE in four hospitals in Texas. He retired in 2010 after serving for 23 years as Chaplain and CPE Supervisor with Texas Health Resources, a healthcare system with central offices in Arlington that included 16 hospitals across North Texas. He served most of those years at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital.
Loretta, his wife, continues to work. With the help of two daughters, one granddaughter and occasionally her reluctant husband, she runs Zoe and Jack Children’s Boutique, a family owned retail shop offering clothing and gear for children, infants to age ten.
His parents were dedicated members of Churches of Christ, and he grew up and began his ministry in that tradition. After some soul searching and much deliberation, he and his family (wife and daughters) joined the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and he was ordained in 1981 in San Angelo, Texas.