What if you had a brochure, membership class lesson, or church webpage that explained to people the type of pastoral care they could expect to receive when attending your congregation? Here is my attempt at what such an explanation by a Presbyterian congregation might contain.
Our congregation wants to provide pastoral care for you, whether this is your first visit with us or you are a longtime member of the church. What do we mean by “pastoral care?”
Pastoral Care Defined
When one hears the word “pastoral,” they often think of the minister of the church. Though the idea of pastoral care includes the work of the minister, we mean more by this term than only what the pastor does. The word pastor comes from French and Latin words for shepherd and shepherding. In English, we use the word “pasture” similarly. Just as sheep (a common Biblical metaphor for Christians) are protected and fed by shepherds, so the people of God are to be watched over and nurtured. The chief Shepherd of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 23; John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20), who calls upon spiritual leaders in each generation to care for His people by teaching them the Word of […]