Chapter 1, “The Definition of Pastoral Theology” pp. 8-10
Walther defines pastoral theology as “the God-given practical ability of the soul . . . by virtue of which a minister of the church is enabled to carry out all his functions . . . “ (p. 8). Walther prefers to speak of pastoral theology as an ability rather than as a doctrine. The purpose of pastoral theology, “as that of all theology, consists in leading the sinner to salvation through faith” (p. 9).
He views pastoral theology as something we receive from God. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can gain this ability. Yet it comes through means, as we read the Scripture, pray, and strive to continue in right doctrine.