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Pastoral Care: Adults - General

hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers engage young adults and adults in counseling and conversation around a variety of topics. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Websites & Curricula
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.


Already Toast     Becoming     The Empathic God: A Clinical Theology of At-Onement     Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice, 2nd ed | An Introduction (Moschella)     Everyday Sabbath     The Gap Decade     Good Enough by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie     In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis     Front Cover     The Purpose Gap          Sistering | The Art of Holding Close and Letting Go (Dickey and Neff)     Slaying Digital Dragons ™: Tips and tools for protecting your body, brain, psyche, and thumbs from the digital dark side     Soul Therapy     Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationships with God and Others  When We Feel Alone: Graham, Ruth, Lambert, Cindy: 9780801094279: Books     You Don't Owe Anyone: Free Yourself from the Weight of Expectations

Blogs, Podcasts, & Webinars

Kaleo Center's Encore is a seven month seminar for adults age 55 and over seeking to discern and build their Encore chapter of purpose and meaning. The course focuses on identifying  and addressing critical issues of aging, transition, spirituality and social purpose. The class provides a supportive environment of co-travelers exploring their Encore chapter.

How a Shift in American Values Is Fueling Estrangement, Joshua Coleman, Jan. 10, 2021; The Atlantic

Both parents and adult children often fail to recognize how profoundly the rules of family life have changed over the past half century.

Comfort & Reassurance

iBme's website is informative. Retreats and courses may be life-changing.

Rene Mehlberg of Trinity Lutheran, Laporte, MN offers this short service of Holy Communion - and its participant version - for small group in-person sharing.

Prayers for Comfort and Encouragement

In Our Library

The Book of Forgiving               2033373     Picture of Small Victories     Stitches by Anne Lamott