The Compassionate Visitor: Resources for Ministering to People Who Are Ill

The Compassionate Visitor: Resources for Ministering to People Who Are Ill

The Compassionate Visitor: Resources for Ministering to People Who Are Ill

The Compassionate Visitor: Resources for Ministering to People Who Are Ill

Synopsis

Here is practical help for anyone involved in congregational visitation ministry. Examples of actual hospital visits illustrate the basic "dos and dont's" of caring for patients' personal and spiritual needs. Whether you are just beginning or are sharpening your visitation skills, this book will be an invaluable resource in your ministry of hope and encouragement.

Excerpt

It has been a long-standing conviction and fond hope of mine that care and compassion for the sick become not only a most important part of the ministry of the pastor but a primary ministry of the entire congregation. Ministry to the sick is, after all, a ministry of the whole congregation, which is sometimes delegated to the ordained pastor or other ministers. This explains the consistent use of the word pastoral in the book written for lay persons who take up this ministry of compassion.

In writing this book I have thought of three levels of care for the sick and suffering. the first involves us all as human beings; care and compassion for the sufferer is one of the hallmarks of being a human being. We could label it Christian caring, since we are called in Baptism to be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful.

The word pastoral, for the purpose of this book, and in the thinking of many in the church, does not refer exclusively to ordained clergy, but to that work done by anyone in the body of Christ on behalf of the congregation. Anyone who carries out a ministry of comfort . . .

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