Pastoral care is the way we are the church and the Hands and Feet of Jesus Christ to and with each other in daily living: sharing joys and sorrows, supporting in times of stress and need, offering mutual forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus taught us to love people in all of life’s circumstances in the church and beyond. We recognize life’s transitions which bring joy and sorrow in human life: children are born, grow up, become independent; people begin work, change jobs, retire; households are established, many move to new locations, churches say hello and goodbye to many new friends; people are empowered, restored, make new commitments.
The ministries of pastoral care support people in recognizing, accepting, and celebrating these and other such times of adjustment. Kirkwood Church provides pastoral care through its pastors, Pastoral Care Team, church leadership, and its Stephen Ministry Program.