Learn from a legend

With 50 years of youth work under her belt, Merr Withers has plenty of experience to draw from in her class on pastoral ministry with young people. She unpacks the concept of pastoral care and what it actually means - encouragement, support, referral, crisis care and more - and gives her best advice on how to do it well.
Youth pastor Merr Withers describes a concept

Wisdom and encouragement

It's important in ministry to keep yourself well and not overstep your skillset by trying to counsel young people, but Merr shares her thoughts on our roles as youth leaders, and teaches on how to be an expert listener and support youth in the best way you can. She unpacks the various troubles that young people can potentially be dealing with, and offers wisdom on how to encourage them through it all.
A graphic that says 'Our young people, every one of them, are treasures'

"Pastoral Care with Merrilyn Withers gives a great introduction to pastorally caring for young people. The course offers comprehensive theories and stories/experiences that will equip you as a youth leader with tools for pastorally caring and guide you in how to use them."

Ethan

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Making it Personal

    • Making it Personal

    • Quiz Tips

    • Quiz 1

  • 2

    Young People Matter: All of Them!

    • Young People Matter: All of Them!

    • Quiz 2

  • 3

    Why Should We Do Pastoral Care?

    • Why Should We Do Pastoral Care?

    • Quiz 3

  • 4

    What Are We Dealing With? Part I

    • What Are We Dealing With? Part I

    • Quiz 4

  • 5

    What Are We Dealing With? Part II

    • What Are We Dealing With? Part II

    • Quiz 5

  • 6

    How Can I Help?

    • How Can I Help?

    • Quiz 6

  • 7

    Creating a Safe, Caring Space

    • Creating a Safe, Caring Space

    • Quiz 7

  • 8

    Put Your Listening Ears On!

    • Put Your Listening Ears On!

    • Quiz 8

  • 9

    Listening Skills

    • Listening Skills

    • Quiz 8

  • 10

    Where Do We Go From Here?

    • Where Do We Go From Here?

    • Quiz 9

  • 11

    Feedback

    • Feedback Survey

  • 12

    Congratulations

    • Congratulations