An Exploration of Pastoral Care Methods by Elders in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia Relevant to the Circumstances of Twenty-first-century Australia
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Leo Douma . . . has provided a very practical and helpful resource for working pastors . . . The problem he raises is a common one in many denominations. . . . The church at large needs to learn from Douma's dissertation."
--Michael Milton, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
"[This] research within the context of ongoing ministry . . . could well serve as an exemplar to others . . . a wonderful example of the benefit of this form of qualitative research for the wider church."
--Jeffrey Pugh, Melbourne School of Theology
"Douma has provided a great service to the Christian Reformed Church in not only providing the diagnosis of a crisis in pastoral care, but also taking steps toward a solution. . . . Fascinating research which promises to benefit the flock of Jesus Christ."
--Tim Witmer, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
"Douma's research method is almost as fascinating and significant as his subject. Through the eyes, experiences, and insights of church members and elders, he explores the historic Reformed church practice of home visitation by elders and proposes an alternative model of shepherding care. The suggestions made are not prescriptive but they are highly suggestive of critical changes many (Reformed) churches need to make. This book may be just the discussion starter that is needed.
--Murray Capill, Principal, Reformed Theological College, Geelong, Australia
"Christ's Under-Shepherds shares an excellent alternative form of pastoral care developed by followers of Christ for followers of Christ. It is a must-read for everyone who is serious about effective pastoral care in our postmodern society."
--Johann Eloff, Executive Director, Australian Institute for Narrative Care
"Biblical principals of eldership practically applied in the twenty-first century -- what does it look like? Leo confronts this pivotal issue head-on. Every elder and pastor should read this book!"
--Dawie van Vuuren, Campbelltown Christian Reformed Church; Board Member, Reformed Theological College