Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie N. Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, General

Keywords

Congregational Care

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to develop a layperson based Congregational Care Ministry Model to assist the pastor of large congregations. The topic was chosen as a means of addressing the need for the pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church to have assistance with meeting the needs of the congregation. As the congregation increases in size, it has become increasingly more difficult for him to visit the sick, counsel, minister to the bereaved, preach, and teach. While there are other ministries that assist in various ways with these tasks, this ministry will enhance the efforts that are already being made by these ministries and provide a formalized plan that assures that every member receives the assistance needed at the time that it is needed. The model will include training selected leadership to serve as caregiver leaders for the congregation. Under the leadership of the Minister of Congregational Care these individuals will be responsible for leading teams of volunteers to minister to the sick and shut in, for hospital visitations, bereavement visits and following up with those who may be recovering from an illness.