Pastoral Care

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  — John 10:11

“. . . As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”  — Matthew 25:40

 

As a pastor, I serve Jesus by offering personal care to the church. I am physically present to help others in times of need, and I serve on behalf of Jesus.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”     — John 13:34

Jesus showed His love by serving others. Our motivation for service is love. Pastoral Care happens when Christians give of their time and talents to minister to the needs of others.

Part of my work as Pastoral Care minister is to train and equip others to give their lives to the service of Christ. There are many areas of service at Eagle Christian Church: Stephen Ministry, Grief Share, Hospital Calling, Team One Care Ministry, Friendly Care, and Prayer Partners. If there is any area in Pastoral Care Ministry in which you would like to serve, please contact me. I’m happy to put you to work.

Remember, “You are serving the Lord Christ.”  — Colossians 3:24b

In His Service,

Jim Kirby, Pastoral Care Minister

 

Stephen Ministry

 
The Lord has called ministers and teachers “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  — Ephesians 4:12

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry teaches (Stephen ministers receive 50 hours of training), equips, and sends out people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  — Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when people are faced with the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce, loneliness or discouragement, unemployment, incarceration, or aging.

A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who walks beside a person who is hurting. A Stephen Minister listens, prays, supports, and encourages. A Stephen Minister will “be there” for a person, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.

 

Grief Share

Grief Share is a thirteen-week series that  includes video seminars, a workbook, and group discussions.

Grief Share is a program with direction and purpose, providing a small group where grieving people find comfort, healing, and hope.

Grief Share provides a place for support so individuals need not walk through the journey of grief alone.

 

 

Hospital Calling

Remind church members to let the office know when they schedule surgery. Provide staff or leadership presence for prayer and comfort in times of crisis. Training is required.

 

Friendly Care

Home visits for shut-ins and those recovering from surgery. Provide transportation for those who need rides to church. Training is required.

 

Prayer Partners

Provide counsel and prayer for hurting persons at the close of each worship service. Training is available.