Pastoral visitation

November 18th, 2010

I have been thinking about pastoral visitation lately. By this I mean the Pastor going to visit the members of his church at their home or workplace on a regular basis.

I am not sure how often this is done any more? With the rise in mid week home groups and people staying connected via things like Twitter and Facebook it seems to have gone out of vogue?

One Pastor I know has a really good system he uses. He simply works his way through the membership list of the church. He calls the next person or family a few days before and arranges a time to come and see them to catch up.

So what happens at the visit and how long does it take?

The aim of the visit is to catch up and/or get to know the person better, share some Scripture, ask for any prayer needs and pray with the person/s. The visit usually lasts about an hour in total.

I can see how this would be useful to keep connected to people and know how they are going in their lives. It would also help the church members to know that every 3 or 4 months the Pastor would come around and they could talk to him privately about any issues.

I still think pastoral visitation still has a place in today’s church, even with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and other ways we connect these days.

God Bless,