Clebsch and Jaekle write, “The reconciling function
seeks to re-establish broken relationships between
man and fellow man and between man and God.”
Discuss this statement in relation to historical and
Biblical models the Church has used and their
appropriateness for urban ministry, today.
We start our journey, by looking back at the eight
historical periods, noted by Clebsch and Jaekle and
how they focused mainly, on one of the four, major
functions of pastoral care.
Then we progress, with a more detailed look at how we
may define the reconciling function and where
forgiveness fits into that function.
Finally we summarize, with the role of pastoral carers
and how they may employ the major pastoral functions,
in today’s broken world.