“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
The Congregational Care Ministry exists to meet the needs of our church family. Our ministry is expressed in many different ways including visits to the hospital, nursing home, and homebound. We also exist to provide bereavement support, along with marriage and family counseling.
In a church the size of First Baptist, there are simply not enough hours in the day for the Senior Pastor to cover all the areas of need within the congregation and still have enough time to pray and study. This is not a new situation in the history of churches. In Acts 6, there were complaints by some outsiders that the apostles were neglecting the needs of the congregation. To tackle the problem, the apostles designated others who could effectively serve the needs within the church. With preaching the Word and reaching the lost as the two main priorities of the Senior Pastor, it is the ministry of the Congregational Care Pastor to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the church family.
“For this is the message that ye have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (I John 3:11). As a church body, we should all be looking out for one another, but in reality we don’t always know what might be going on in someone else’s life. Therefore, the Congregational Care Ministry tries to see to those needs, oftentimes calling on members of the church body to assist.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:18). Congregational Care Ministry actively seeks to meet the needs of others. Our goal is to demonstrate our love by our actions. When you are hurting, or have lost a loved one, we want to serve as a support group for you, offering prayers and healing words.
Someone asked Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-39). The Congregational Care Ministry seeks to fulfill both of those commandments. We are here to help people fall in love with the Savior and then to meet their needs in the name of Jesus Christ.
As Congregational Care Pastor, if I can be of service to you, your loved ones, your family, or your friends, please feel free to call on me at any time of the night or day. I can be reached at the church office at 903.693.3569, or at home at 903.678.3301, or on my cell phone 903.692.0698.
Congregational Care Pastor-Mike Wilson