Pastoral counselling is one of the most vital ministries of the church. It is also a very challenging ministry. We lack relevant and appropriate models of pastoral counselling for the churches in India, particularly in North East India. In this book the author provides several family-centric models of pastoral counselling based on Tribal traditional and cultural values. Tribal communities are endowed with rich traditional and cultural family values. The book attempts to retrieve to the rich cultural repertoire of correlates in family system and values to derive pastoral counselling models. Retrieving to the past is not a regression but progression and productive, because past and present are parts of the continuum of living. The ‘past-present’ becomes part of the necessity, not the nostalgia, of living. The family-centric pastoral counselling models suggested in the book will be of immense help to the pastors in their counselling ministry. The book will also make great contribution in enshrining the knowledge of theological students. The readers will find the book stimulating. I wish God’s blessing to the readers of this book!
Rev. Dr Shyam Basumatary
Asso. Prof. & HOD, Christian Ministry Department
ETC, Jorhat, Assam
After systematically introducing the book, author delves into thoroughly understanding ‘family’ and presents a myriad of significant perspectives. He then methodically explains the theological understanding of family and elaborates on the much-needed family counselling and therapy. It is very apt that he bases his study on the Naga family system, backing up his information with relevant data and biosystematics studies. Dr. Phanen’s interest and contribution towards coping with the present challenges families are facing is very well reflected in this book. The special contribution of the book is towards Proposing - “the New Family Counselling Models.” It is my hope that many people will take it as a privilege to go through the pages of this resourceful book.
Rev. Dr Prof. Narola Imchen, Principal
ETC, Jorhat, Assam
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
1. The Context of the Research
2. The Characteristics and Functions of the Family
3. Theological Understanding of Marriage and Family and Major Approaches to Family Therapy
4. Impact of Select Collelates on Naga Families
5. Methodological Matters in Family Studies
6. Analysis of the Field Research and Interpetation
7. Summary of the Research Findings: Implications for Family Counselling
8. Proposing New Family Counselling Models
Rev. Dr Phanenmo Kath, a passionate counsellor, is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Counselling and Psychology at Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam. He is the Dean of Institute for Leadership Enhancement and Ministry Augmentation (ILEMA); Editor of the Journal of Church and Society in North East India. He hold Post Graduate in Human Resource Development. He received his BD, M.Th and D.Th degrees from the Senate of Serampore University. He is an ordained Baptist Minister from Nagaland.
He is recipient of National Research Fellowship (UGC) Senior Research Fellow for Doctoral Research; also awarded Master's Prize along with Three Prestigious Academic Excellent Awards for his M.Th Studies (2007): Rev Dayanand D. Pitamber Memorial Prize in Counselling, CSI Diocese of Madras in Christian Ministry, Dr C. Devasahayam Prize in Christian Ministry. He has authored one of the bestselling books, Human Sexuality: Endangered Morality in Cyber-sonic Era (2009). His other published books are: Glimpses of Naga Legacy and Culture (2012), Fables Folktales and Folklore: Narrating Indigenous Tales of NEI (2017), Shepherding the 21st Century Church: Models for Ministry (2020). He has written many scholarly articles in reputed journals. He extensively travels for consultation on theological concerns, resource person for seminars on various church programmes at regional and national levels. He is married to Esther Jish Rengma, they are bless with two daughters (Michelle and Tezen).