There are many things that pastors do not learn in seminary which are important to the spiritual vitality of a church. In fact, if these things are not in place, it could actually hurt the impact of preaching and pastoral care.
A Team of Experienced People
Below, is a list of areas that require attention in any organization or local church. We can connect you with seasoned, experienced people who can help you. Credentials for the team of experts listed below is available upon request.
EQUIPPING THE CHURCH FOR PASTORAL CARE
The primary focus of the Institute for Pastoral Care is equipping churches to provide the best Christ-centered care possible. Pastoral care includes everything from daily discipleship to counseling crises. It is important to assess how well people are doing as much as it is to prepare a church for the crises that will inevitably arise. If you want your church to grow, gain a reputation for helping people really well.
The other options below are also very important. If any of them are not addressed, it will hinder a church from providing meaningful care.
LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS ASSESSMENT
Often, leaders need help from other leaders. They also need help thinking about their team and how they function together. This is true of pastors, their staff and officers. This kind of help can head off significant conflict due to misunderstandings and miscommunications.
Sometimes a leader is going through a difficult season of life...personally, professionally or maritally. We can provide a safe place for a pastor to find encouragement and wise guidance as he addresses crucial life issues.
Churches tend to lag behind when it comes to caring for the paid staff. Employee policy manuals, job descriptions, performance reviews. personnel committees and salaries are just a few issues that need attention. In addition, churches and organizations need a broad vision of how they would like the staff to contribute to the success of the organization.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS
Welcome to the modern age where no organization or church can exist without a good web presence and strategic usage of social media. Statistics reveal that most people decide to attend a church for the first time based upon the church's website.
COUNSELING GUIDANCE FOR DIFFICULT CHURCH CRISES
Churches are always faced with a few difficult counseling issues like domestic violence, alleged sexual abuse and suicide. In addition, there are people in a congregation who struggle with these and other life-debilitating issues. Are you prepared to handle these kinds of concerns? Do you need guidance with a current crisis?
BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All churches must be circumspect when it comes to handling the resources that God provides through his people. Drafting budgets for growth which are consistent with the vision of the church is not always easy. You may need to re-visit your finances and budgeting process and goals.
CHURCH PLANTING AND PASTORAL CARE
Are you planting a church? If so, all of the above items are necessary to build a solid infrastructure. Are you building a philosophy of ministry that incorporates pastoral care in the DNA of your church plant? Once you gather a group, are you prepared to help people with wise pastoral care as issues arise?
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