The Pastoral Care Ministry
What Are the Duties of the Pastoral Care Ministry?
Sometimes a pastor may find himself in a position where he is burdened and emotionally drained. After giving so much of himself to others, he may desire someone to pour back into him. It is for this reason that Pastoral Care Ministries exist, also referred to as Pastor's Aid Ministries. Not all churches have a Pastoral Care Ministry. However, when ministries do exist, duties for members of those committees are similar from church to church.
Spiritual, Financial & Emotional Support System
Our Pastoral Care Ministry serves as a spiritual, financial and emotional support system for our pastor, as well as his family. As such, committee members may be privy to details or areas of the pastor's life that other congregants may not be aware. Working as a Pastoral Care Ministry member requires the highest level of confidentiality. Otherwise, the pastor's personal business and needs can become gossip among church congregants.
Anticipates The Pastor's Needs
Almost anything the pastor needs, the Pastoral Care Ministry is there to ensure he gets it. Our goal is to ensure there is no lack for the pastor or his direct family members, including his spouse and children. This may include providing the pastor and his family with lodging, transportation and meals, whether he is home or away from home. If our pastor needs anything during his sermons, such as water, juice or mints or hot tea, our ministry ensures that these items are on hand and made available to him. If our pastor is out of town, the ministry may send him a card, money or care package.
The Pastoral Care Ministry is responsible for showing emotional support and appreciation to the pastor on behalf of the other congregants. On occasion, our committee may host a celebratory service for our pastor and his family. When planning for such services, our committee may solicit gifts from the congregation. The committee recognizes occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays and Father's Day. If the committee feels the pastor is emotionally drained and in need of a sabbatical or vacation, we will gather up enough money from the congregants or among ourselves to send him away for a while.
Guest Minister Accommodations
Whenever a guest minister comes to speak at the church, the Pastoral Care Ministry is responsible for anticipating his or her needs as well. In many cases, someone from the Ministry will reach out to the guest minister or his or her assistant to see if he or she has any special needs or preferences. For instance, the guest minister may prefer grape juice as he ministers. The Pastoral Care committee helps to ensure that the guest minister is comfortable during his or her time away from his or her home church.
These duties are not all inclusive. Donations to help assist with this important ministry may be mailed to:
Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church
Pastoral Care Committee Ministry
P.O. Box 508
Denmark SC 29042
May God Bless You!
Current Ministry Members
Sister Josephine Raysor (President) (803) 703-9866
First Lady Tamara Keitt (Vice President) (803) 476-5079
Sister Lisa B. Stokes (Secretary) 803-245-5648
Brother Douglas Stokes (Treasurer) 803-68-0538
Sister Carrie Acosta (803) 571-2850
Brother Nathanial Williams
Brother St. Clair Williams