Caring For The Total Person
It is our belief, according to Scripture, that humankind is created with spirit, soul, and body (Mark 12:30; Hebrews 4:12 and others). God created humankind and breathed into them the spirit of life. Part of this spiritual and invisible side of humans is their soul and this spirit and soul live in a physicalbody. It is important for the church to reach out and minister to all aspects of an individuals life. Pastoral Care involves addressing the total person and meeting the physical and emotional needs of people as well as the spiritual needs.
Part of the Pastoral Care Ministry includes helping those who struggle in all areas of their lives. Galatians 6:1 instructs us that “if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness…” Pastoral Care is a ministry of restoration! The church should always restore where possible and never destroy!
What Pastoral Care Looks Like
Pastoral Care is extremely important for people of every local church. It encompasses counseling, home visits, hospital visits, caring for people in time of a death and other needs. Often people of the local church are not cared for adequately. Some in leadership feel that everyone should be on their own, taking care of themselves and their own needs, but this defeats the very purpose of the local church and the meaning of the body of Christ and the scripture that commands us to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Pastoral Care is to provide support, encouragement and strength to the members of the local church, something in which every believer should be involved. Often people want to be helped when they have a need or a challenge in life, but few ever see the need of being a helper to others. The vision is to always be ready and prepared to help when pastoral care is needed. (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 6)
We believe you will find Bethel Church to be a place where you will feel loved and cared for. It is our desire and goal to minister effectively to those who need care.