In the closing weeks of this year at Christ Church we are having a sermon series on what it means to be a caring church. The series is also running in parallel with a Life Group course on the same theme. What is called pastoral care in the church is when we look out for, get alongside and make connections, offer practical support, and most especially, pray for those experience challenging times in their lives. It might be relationship issues, unemployment, debt, health issues, or perhaps the death of a loved one or close friend.
Our sermon series and Life Group series quite simply looks to the example and teaching of Jesus and the Scriptures.
This sermon and Life Group series coincides with the publication of the pastoral care survey which was undertaken in July this year. The multiple choice question responses are collectively shown at the end of this article. It does not show the optional written responses which remain confidential. The survey shows our apparent strengths, but also where we, as a church can seek to undertake pastoral care in more connected and co-ordinated ways. It is incumbent upon us all in the “Body of Christ” to do our very best when people have need. To answer the call – who cares?
The members of the PCST (Pastoral Care Support Team) are very grateful for the response to the survey and look forward, as surely we all do, to the future development of pastoral care in Christ Church and beyond.
Norman Richards Associate Minister.
Results of Pastoral Care QuestionnaireMagazine, Pastoral Care