Abstract and Keywords
The common threads that run through this article are poetry, the ministry of the church, and pastoral consciousness. The ministry of the church could seem to be quite a narrowing of the field, but here denotes that specificity in poetry which comes from those who have a relationship with God, are committed to the Christian church, and who write poetry in English from that standpoint. This article also considers the church's ministry among people and not specifically with the poetry of hymnody, liturgy, or sermons. A pastoral consciousness refines that concept of ministry even more, and is related to the way in which the church engages with people at the level of pastoral care. This is poetry that emerges from the challenge of caring for people in their need; need which is physical and spiritual, and goes some way to being met by visiting, listening, comforting, counselling, and healing.
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