Help and support in times of need
The book of Acts introduced the beginnings of the Christian pastoral ministry. As the gospel spread and churches began to grow, leaders were put in place to oversee their congregations. The role of a pastoral leader was to listen, offer support, encourage and build self-esteem and confidence. The pastoral care of God’s flock was and still is, of the utmost importance.
Pastoral care can mean many things. Often it involves caring for people and walking beside them as they develop and grow in the Christian faith. Sometimes it can mean offering support when people are in pain, have suffered the loss of a loved one, or are celebrating their joys and triumphs over life’s difficulties.