Supervisor: prof Tõnu Lehtsaar (Tartu Ülikool)
Prereviewers: dr Külli Tõniste (Houghton College, USA)
dr Hannele Päiviö (Helsingi Ülikool)
Oponent:dr Hannele Päiviö (Helsingi Ülikool)
The dissertation views the pastoral care done by four Estonian protestant churches (the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church - EELC, the Union of Free Evangelical and Baptist Churches of Estonia - UFEBCE, the United Methodist Church of Estonia - UMCE, the Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church - ECPC). Pastors and the laity gave their opinion through interviews and questionnaires on the resources that could be helpful in hard times, what are the main problems with what people turn to the clergy, what hinders asking for help, whether it is possible to describe a typical client, what are the qualities of a good pastoral care giver and whether the clergy should do cooperation with other professionals. Additionally, the laity was asked what channels of help are available to them, how important to them is to share same values with other professionals (psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, family practitioner) and whether they themselves would be ready to support somebody else. Because until now Estonian pastoral care has not been researched thoroughly before, one can consider the results of this dissertation the first step to find out and compare the understanding about pastoral care between the clergy and the laity. Several results rose out from the two researches. They can be seen as an opportunity for development in the practice of pastoral care in Estonian protestant churches.