Provides students preparing for the pastoral ministry with specialised training in communications that focuses on the kind of one-on-one conversations they can expect to have with their parishioners. This comprehensive book examines a variety of essential topics, including perception, self-disclosure, verbal and non-verbal messages, listening, stages of relational development, power assertiveness and dominance, conflict management, forgiveness, persuasion, dual relationships, pastoral family communication, and how to develop a communications model. Each chapter includes: "Pastoral Conversations," real-life dialogues presented for analysis; "Key Concepts" for quick student review; "Meanings Mania," self-tests on vocabulary; and "Unleashing the Power of Interpersonal Communication," student exercises that reinforce the practical aspects of key principles. While many pastors have a great love for the people they minister to, they have difficulty demonstrating that love because they lack the skills to develop and maintain relationships. "A Pastor's Guide to Interpersonal Communication" explores how communication works and how to make it work for you, applying the best available interpersonal communications techniques to your relationships with the real people of the church - your parishioners. "A Pastor's Guide to Interpersonal Communication" is an essential resource for Bible college students and for students at the pre-ministerial and seminary levels. It is also a valuable professional tool for clergy practitioners who need help with their communication skills.