Tagged: “pastoral care”

Pastoral care 4: in crisis and chronic

I’ve observed that churches and small groups usually respond well to crises. People rise to the occasion, they respond with generous practical displays of love and support. In fact, Christian fellowships are some of the best-equipped crisis care communities. What we don’t do so well is persevere with people when things become chronic. People whose […]

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Pastoral care 3: life in our groups

We’ve previously seen how the Bible describes pastoral care as being under God, leading God’s people, by the word of God’s grace, into eternity with God. Pastoral ministry looks back to the Good Shepherd dying for his sheep and looks forward to the return of the Great Shepherd who will gather his sheep for eternity. These are […]

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Pastoral care 2: in life groups

At Stromlo we believe that our life groups are a key feature in our personal ministry to one another. We look to these groups to help build relationships, equip people for ministry, support people in crises, encourage personal evangelism, and offer specific and personal prayer for the members. Some people have always viewed their groups along these […]

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Pastoral care 1: God’s way

This is the first of four articles that I intend to post, so as to get us thinking about the important matter of pastoral care at Stromlo. We begin with an introduction to pastoring/shepherding in the Scriptures, followed by articles on care in life groups, doing life together, and caring in the crisis and the chronic. Pastoral care […]

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