When Jesus said ‘I am the Good Shepherd’, He was declaring Himself to be the best example of how to care for people. He cared for the spiritual needs as well as the physical needs. Jesus cared by teaching and revealing that anything is possible. He cares for how we live now and how we will live for eternity. If we are pastoring in a way different from Jesus, then it’s not really pastoral care.
Many churches struggle to offer pastoral care at all, while others are reliant on a few faithful people who catch the pastoral vision. This book highlights the need for all churches to engage with this important ministry. Even if pastoral care is something that your church is committed to, there is always value in stepping back to reassess how it is provided.
In this book on pastoring, Andy unpacks what is understood by pastoring, outlines a culture of care and provides helpful tips for how to structure care appropriately. He also shows examples from the Bible about how the Early Church approached pastoral care by sharing the oversight of pastoral ministry, training up appropriate volunteers, and stressing that care was the responsibility of everyone.