Pastoral Skills
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[German Version]

The term pastoral skills here denotes the personal acumen required of clergy that enables them to act appropriately in the numerous unpredictable situations of pastoral ministry. The German term Pastoralklugheit was in everyday use primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries (e.g. by M. Claudius). Development of such acumen is fostered by collections of rules of thumb (Nitsch) and advice in unclear situations. The concept was pioneered by the Regula pastoralis (591) of Gregory the Great, which expressed it as a verb and presented a collection of rules for …

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Schmidt-Rost, Reinhard, “Pastoral Skills”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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