pastoral care

 

Inspired by the care of the Good Shepherd for His sheep, we seek to be a community of people who care for one another with the tenderness of God and the compassion of Jesus.  That care manifests itself in a variety of ways and flows in a variety of directions in our congregation.

Our pastor is a key person in leading us in caring for one another and he is often available in times of particular need.  However, many people in our congregation are also called to ministries of pastoral care.  In fact, pastoral care is a ministry of the whole congregation.

Each week one of our elders is on-call for pastoral emergencies.  That elder’s contact phone number is available in each week’s Sunday worship bulletin and news.

Our Visitation Team is a group of caring people who visit people in hospitals, care facilities, and when homebound.  This team is led by JoAnn Evans, our Visitation Coordinator.

In addition, each member of the congregation is assigned a deacon who helps care for and coordinate care for people in their “parish” within the congregation during special times of need.

We also strongly encourage people to belong to an ongoing small group of some sort within the congregation (e.g. a Bible study group, a prayer group, a mission group, a ministry team, etc.).  There is usually no better kind of pastoral care than that which comes from people who know one well and who have walked closely with you over an extended period of time.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
                                                                                          Jesus (John 13:35)

 

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