You will be answering the questions, not in an essay, but in a PowerPoint presentation (PPT). PPT is NOT primarily a verbal medium; it is primarily a medium. There should be at least one picture, chart, or graphic on every slide. PPT is not an essay medium in which you display a lot of text and sentences; it is an medium. However you must take care that your points are largely self-explanatory. Do not just list the title of some concept without making clear what it means. The place to put text is in the presentation notes section underneath the slide. This is your script. You can use it in live presentation, and also have it available for those examining the PPT as a whole as a file that they’ve opened.
In the case of this assignment, you will either be presenting your PPT to other students in a Collaborate discussion, or submitting it for their examination in a Virtual group. Be sure that your presentation slides are succinct but complete, explained further by the script as needed.
You should design your PPT to present to a professional group (in this case fellow students—but think of a pastoral team, a health care team, a social work team, etc. as possible future audiences). Structure it such that questions are raised for discussion (this can be done during the presentation—you don’t necessarily have to wait till the end), and a conclusion is proposed for evaluation.
“Death by PowerPoint” is a common phrase referring to Too Much Information (“TMI”) crammed into too short a time, or extended for too long a time! You should be able to present this PPT smoothly and efficiently in 12 minutes. Practice with your script! Also, when presenting, you do not have to read the slide. If your slide is well constructed, you can display it and let the audience read it for themselves, for a moment; then start discussing each point—or even invite questions without having said a word!
PMIN 511 Assignment 2: Pastoral Care Case Study
Situation/Problem in Pastoral Care:
Kevin and Julie are a Christian couple in their early thirties. Although married for several years and desiring a family, they have been unable to conceive children by natural means. After much prayerful consideration they decided to go through the process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Through this often controversial and expensive method, the couple was able to conceive, and Julie began her pregnancy. Kevin and Julie were very happy and hopeful that their hopes, dreams and prayers were becoming a reality.
When Julie underwent the first sonogram which indicated that the development of multiple unborn infants: Julie was actually carrying five developing infants: often the case with IVF procedures. A multiple-birth situation always poses potential difficulties or challenges in development and in the birth process to both mother and children. For example, the health risk to children and mother rises exponentially with the addition of each developing child, when there is more than one child in the mother’s womb. A child may die in utero for various reasons: babies may be stillborn; birth defects are more common since multiple births are usually do not develop to full term; the mother’s health may be impacted negatively due to pressure on the lungs, heart and other organs from the pregnancy, as well as several other potential risks, some which would result in death.
Generally, many physicians recommend the option to the mother and father of what is termed “selective reduction”: removing one or more of the developing infants which they consider will allow the others to develop more normally and lower the health risks to the mother. Physicians cannot make this decision for the couple: the couple is provided with medical information and whatever medical advice the couple’s physician(s) believe is most appropriate for each unique situation. This information is based on present knowledge in the medical field: it is up to the couple to consider options based on their own personal and religious beliefs concerning what is an appropriate and best choice in such situations.
Although Julie’s health has been generally good, she and Kevin are aware that as the babies develop in utero, there is the potential for this to quickly change; for either or both babies and mother. Kevin‘s primary concern is Julie: he is concerned that her health and life be protected. Although he is deeply concerned for the life of the developing infants, he feels that Julie’s health must be considered first. Julie, on the other hand, understands Kevin’s concern for her; however, in her heart she cannot consider the option of “selective reduction” and believes the couple must not consider any other option but the development and ultimate health of the children. She, as well as Kevin, are fully informed of the potential risks of a multiple birth situation and are prayerfully discussing all options between themselves and with their pastor.
The Assignment Instructions:
Pastoral Care Issues/Needs Place your self in the position of the couple’s pastor. From that perspective, carefully review the above case, and then define, in order of importance, each pastoral care issue. State them as 1, 2, 3, etc., below. Remember that, for now, you are to approach the case from the perspective of pastoral care, rather than pastoral counseling. In other words, although counsel may be needed, for this case study you are to focus on how best to serve and care for this couple based on their
 In vitro fertilization is a process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the womb, in vitro. IVF is a major treatment in infertility for couples that have been unable to conceive a child through natural means and/or other reproductive technologies.
 A sonogram is a commonly used technology consisting of using the non-invasive method of sound waves to assist physicians in diagnosing the condition of a pregnancy and to determine the health of the unborn child or children.