The Counter-Conducts of Pastoral Power

  • Philip Browning Helsel
Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)


A pastor welcomes a family into her study, stating that she will be able to meet with them for one or two sessions before she refers them to another counselor. They describe the struggles of being “down in the dumps” ever since the wife was fired from her work unceremoniously. Just at the same time, this family faced their rents skyrocketing. The minister thinks they came in for counseling because she had begun to share economy stories from the pulpit, discussing the effect of the downturn on everyone.


Mental Illness Mental Distress Pastoral Care Pastoral Counseling Religious Authority 
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