God’s Love in Action: Pastoral Care for Everyone (revised edition)

Jill McGilvray


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This revised edition of Jill McGilvray’s book contains an updated contact list of support services.

Our congratulations to Jill McGilvray, whose book God’s Love in Action: Pastoral Care for Everyone was translated into Japanese and published in Japan at the end of June 2013.

GLIA Japan front cover

Jesus said, ‘A new commandment I give to you: that you love one another as I have loved you‘ (John 13:34). He could hardly have put it more plainly. Caring is not an optional extra for Christians.

‘People want to care, but they often don’t know how and they are frightened of making things worse. Jill has provided us with an excellent resource that is biblical, readable, practical and tested. Jill lives out in her life what she teaches us in this book. I highly recommend it.’
Revd Jackie Stoneman
Director of Studies, Mary Andrews College

‘A challenge for the Christian church has always been the translating of theology into practice. This book will prove to be a valuable tool for Christians serious about authentic pastoral care. I would commend this book to congregations and individuals who want to see God’s love made manifest in this world. This book will lead to people experiencing God’s love “with skin on”.’
Revd Peter Pereira
Chaplaincy Coordinator, Wesley Mission Sydney

‘Jill has a real heart for people, and her book is a helpful resource for all those involved in the vital ministry of caring. It includes a wide range of tools and would be suitable for use as a learning guide for parish training.’
The Rt Revd Dr Chris Jones
CEO – Anglicare Tasmania Inc.
Vicar General & Missioner Bishop – Anglican Diocese of Tasmania

‘God’s Love in Action’ is a real treasure. It is a very practical and timely book that would be a valuable addition for any Christian minister, carer or church group – and for hospital, school and criminal justice chaplains, and grief counsellors.’
Bishop Barbara Darling
Anglican Diocesan Ministries, Melbourne

‘This little book packs a lot of love – “love with skin on” as Jill says. It’s the skin of years of pastoral experience – not just doing it but training people to do it. It’s biblical, practical, pastoral, passionate and road-tested. I’ll use it in my parish pastoral care training.’
Revd Dr Gordon Preece
Ethics lecturer, writer, consultant

Jill McGilvray’s extensive experience as a Pastoral and Senior’s worker at St Matthew’s Anglican Church West Pennant Hills for eight years overlapped with her ten years spent as a Bereavement Counsellor at the National Centre for Childhood Grief. Formerly a Children’s Bookseller, Jill is married to Ian, and has two adult daughters, Anna and Laura. As well as responding to invitations to speak and teach at churches and conferences, Jill also likes to read, sew, cook and spend time in the garden.

From MW News, Issue 13, Spring 2009

The book starts with a biblical analysis of the basis for why we should care for each other. This is not just a book for people involved in pastoral visiting but a book that every Christian should read as we all need to be taught and reminded how to practically care for each other.

It is rich with tips and hints of the mechanics of caring for one another as well as setting out very clear principles for starting and maintaining a pastoral care ministry. On every page you can clearly hear Jill’s voice of experience speaking. One chapter even contains a useful guide for people wanting to better understand how God has gifted them individually.

This excellent book draws together concise ideas contained in many and varied resources from topics covering relationships and understanding ourselves to grief, depression, dementia, sexual abuse and many more. You would need to read quite extensively to obtain the ideas and principles covered within this book. Plus, there are many opportunities throughout it to analyse yourself as you read so that you can be better equipped to care for others.

Jill says: “Learning to sit with the feelings can be especially hard for evangelical Christians used to thinking we have all the answers (or at least sounding as though we think so!). Just sitting alongside someone in pain can feel like we are not doing anything, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.”

At the rear of the book you will find a useful reference guide for further detailed reading on each topic as well as helpful local phone numbers for support services within Australia. I certainly would recommend this book to all people involved in ministry of any kind.

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