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Pastoral Movement
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[German Version]

The term pastoral movement (Ger. Seelsorgebewegung) denotes a fundamental reorientation of pastoral care in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. The primarily kerygmatic ministry (E. Thurneysen et al.) had clearly sustained a loss of function. Against the background of the social upheavals of the late 1960s, stimuli from the American model of pastoral theology (Clinical pastoral education and training) were adopted. The paradigm of pastoral care as “therapeutic ministry” (Stollberg) replaced “kerygmatic ministry.”

The movement is characterized by several fe…

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Klessmann, Michael, “Pastoral Movement”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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