What is Pastoral Care?
Pastoral Care is not merely a complementary practice. It is also policy and practices fully integrated throughout the teaching, learning and structural organization of a school to effectively meet the personal, social (well being) and academic need of persons.
Pastoral Care is an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support found in all cultures and traditions. It is described in one modern context as individual and corporate patience in which trained pastoral cares support people in their pain, loss and anxiety as well as their triumphs, joys and victories.
In July 1999, the first ever congress of International Caregivers from around the world gathered at the Mamphe Hall of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. The International Congress of Pastoral Care and Counselling (ICPCC), meeting was the first ever in any developing country. Unfortunately, no Ghanaian participation was involved.
However, a post congress workshop with massive local participants took place in August with some ICPCC facilitators.This workshop which was for local Caregivers and Counsellors brought home the point that pastoral care and counselling is a vital entity of life and ministry. Almost eighteen (18) years down the line, the opportunity has now come up for the birth of Ghana Association of Pastoral Care and Counselling
The GAPCC Functions
- Provide spiritual alignment for pastoral caregivers.
- Provide a safe place of mutual fellowship among equals in a congenial environment.
- Make available ministry resources and opportunities that would strengthen care workers in their ministry to the body.