Pastoral care …
- is seeking to understand a person’s heart condition and offering admonition, exhortation, and encouragement.
- can mitigate spiritual weaknesses and frailty, as well as strengthen an individual to combat temptation.
- is given within the context of a relationship.
- is part of New Testament pastoral leadership which arises from the biblical image of a “shepherd caring for his flock—standing long hours ensuring its safety, leading it to fresh pasture and clear water, carrying the weak, seeking the lost, healing the wounded and sick.”²
- is also sometimes considered a subset of member care, a discipline employed by parachurch organizations which encompasses both formal and informal efforts to develop, preserve, and restore Kingdom workers for effective service.