Pastoral care at Forefront

Spiritual leaders of the church have overall responsibility for pastoral care (Acts 20:28). All members have a part to play. Some are specially gifted (1Cor 12:4-7) but all should show care—listening and sharing, visiting the sick and lonely, providing practical help and meals at times of need, following up on those we have not seen recently and, especially, praying with people. Some may be invited to offer mentoring to those who have expressed a desire for it.

The nature of care varies depending on where people are on the faith journey, from fully-integrated members to others outside but in our networks. This leaflet seeks to  identify categories who might need support, and those who can provide it. More information will be provided to members in identified care-giving roles.

This leaflet explains our overall approach to pastoral care in Forefront. Leaders and members of various teams will have access to supplements with information specific to their ministry area.


The call to care

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

1 Peter 5:2-4