The body of Christ is called to come together and join as the gathering of "individuals" formed to be a "people" in God's redemption and grace. The realization is then that none of us walk alone nor are able to faithfully walk after Christ without the corporate "body of Christ". The fellowship of brothers and sisters is called to wait for one another (1 Corinthians 11:17-23), carry each other's burdens (Galatians 6:1-10) and to edify, encourage and sharpen one another after all wisdom in Christ (Proverbs 27:17).
The specific idea of pastoral care is the call for pastors and church leaders to look after the body of Christ as He did for us, as a "shepherd" providing care, concern, love, encouragement, discipline and compassion to those within the fellowship in order to grow in character, wisdom and love after Christ. In all humility, pastors are to engage, listen, respond and care for the church as Christ cares for us. This is not about "life coaching" or "telling people what to do or how to live their lives". Pastoral care is about simply coming alongside of a brother or sister and simply providing Godly wisdom and Scripture-based wisdom and walking and sharing this life after Christ together. All sharing is confidential and strictly for the discipline and edification of those involved.
If you seek council, encouragement, have questions, are in need, want to pray with or be prayed for by someone etc.
Whatever is on your, our pastors seek to engage, wrestle and encourage you in the love of Christ.
Please don't hesitate to reach out and share or ask for an appointment as pastoral care and discipline is a regular part of the weekly schedule and life of the pastoral staff at Living Water Ministry.
This is what we are here for after Christ's example of love and mercy.
"Let love be genuine. Hate what is evil; hold onto what is good.
Love one another with brotherly and sisterly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor and humility.
Do not be lazy in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight."
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