Who should care for the sick and shut-in? We all should care for the sick and shut-in, whether they’re a member or non-member of our church family. Most churches all over the world pray for the "sick and shut-in." There is usually an announcement to pray for the sick and shut-in in their weekly bulletin and monthly newspaper. There are churches with a sick and shut-in ministry, prayer ministry and a visitation ministry. However, far too often caring for and visiting the sick and shut-in stops within the walls of the church.
The biblical reality is that it's a collective effort, not just the job of the minister or a committee. If we are truly going to show that we care for the sick and shut-in, then we must go to where the sick and shut-in are. We must go to their homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. We must lay aside our busy schedules and excuses, and make the sick and shut-in a priority. There are several scriptures in the bible where Jesus talks about caring for and visiting the sick, and here's one of them.
Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
A prayer ministry is a group of Christian volunteers who organize and plan prayer for those who are unable to attend church services due to being ill at home, in hospitals, convalescent or nursing facilities. A prayer ministry prays for the sick and prays for families with financial needs as well as personal family difficulties. This prayer ministry serves to offer prayer and support to members and non-members, and to lead them towards faith in Jesus Christ.
If you are in need of prayer, simply select the state and city in which you live. Fill out the prayer request form and submit it. Our prayer team retrieves your prayer request throughout the day and will respond within 24 hours. We are committed to the power of prayer and encourage you to give our prayer team the power to lift you up. The mission of our prayer ministry is to extend the love, comfort and compassion of Jesus Christ.
We offer three ways of prayer:
• Prayer by visitation
• Prayer by phone
• Put on a prayer list
Every church should have a visitation ministry. Generally speaking, when we hear the term visitation ministry we think of the elderly. Well, there is much more to it than that. There are children, young adults, middle age adults and seniors that are sick and shut-in in their homes, hospitals and other long term care facilities all over America.
When we hear the term visitation ministry we think of visiting the sick and shut-in in our church family. There are new and inactive members in our church and non-members in our community that could use a visitation ministry. There are also those members and non-members that have no family or friends that need a visitation ministry. Most importantly, there are those in need of prayer and encouragement to lead them to faith in Jesus Christ.
Churches that are listed in our directory offer the following:
• Phone Visitation
• Home Visitation
• Hospital Visitation
• Long Term Care Facility Visitation
• Transportation to and from Church
If you are in need of a visit, simply select the state and city in which you live. Fill out the visit request form and submit it. Our visitation ministry team retrieves your visit requests throughout the day and will respond within 24 hours.
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”