PASTORAL CARE IS AS EASY AS ABC

IF WE CARE FOR THE PEOPLE GOD HAS GIVEN US, THEN GOD WILL GIVE US MORE PEOPLE TO CARE FOR. PAUL COMMISSIONED THE ELDERS AT EPHESUS TO TEND AND FEED AND GUIDE THE CHURCH (ACTS 20:28). PREACHING AND TEACHING ARE IMPORTANT PUBLIC MINISTRIES OF EVERY PASTOR, BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT ARE PASTORING, CARING AND VISITING. GROWING CHURCHES ARE ALWAYS EFFECTIVE IN THE AREA OF PASTORAL CARE.
THE FOLLOWING PRACTICAL STRATEGIES MAY HELP TO RAISE YOUR LEVEL OF PASTORAL CARE.
KNOW WHO YOUR SHEEP ARE:
MAINTAIN AN ACCURATE ATTENDANCE RECORD. JESUS TOLD THE STORY OF  A SHEPHERD WITH 100 SHEEP IN HIS CARE. ON ONE OCCASION, A SHEEP WENT MISSING, BUT HOW DID THE SHEPHERD KNOW? ONE CAN ONLY PRESUME THAT EACH EVENING AS HE STOOD AT THE DOOR OF THE FOLD, THE SHEPHERD COUNTED HIS SHEEP. BY MAINTAINING AN ACCURATE ATTENDANCE RECORD, PASTORS WILL ALWAYS KNOW WHO IS PRESENT, WHO IS ABSENT, AND HOW MANY WEEKS THEY HAVE MISSED.
KNOW WHERE YOUR SHEEP ARE:
IDENTIFY YOUR CHURCH FAMILY. THE FOLLOWING SYSTEM IS AS EASY AS ABC. THESE LETTERS REPRESENT THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE:
(A) MEMBERS;
(B) ADHERENTS;
(C) SAVED CONTACTS;
(D) UNSAVED CONTACTS;
(E) LAPSED.

USING THIS METHOD TO IDENTIFY EACH PERSON IN YOUR CHURCH FAMILY WILL PROVIDE AN ACCURATE AND INFORMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE HEALTH OF THE CHURCH.