Visitation is the best way for pastor to learn

Posted by Jim Price in Facebook's Pentecostal Theology Group View the Original Post

Visitation is the best way for the shepherd to learn of the particular needs of the flock. Yet it does take wisdom and a good ear to pick up on the hidden needs of a member.
Sometimes the pastor has the mistaken idea that he is to do all the talking during a visit but when it comes to visiting he best serves by being a good listener and a good observer. The average church member needs an opportunity to express themselves. On occasion I get feedback that someone really enjoyed our visit and I remember back that I only contributed 10% to the conversation. To jog my memory I jot down thoughts and impressions on a 3×5 card after I leave, being careful to keep all my notes in a very private place. I take care not to bring up any issues ( in a sermon ) raised during visitation, at least not for several weeks or months later. Even then I mix up the things that I have learned in a way so that the listener does not make a personal connection.

John Kissinger [01/11/2016 8:04 PM]
in 1990s pastoral home visits (27%, down from 34%), a phone call from a church (24%, down from 34%)— there’s resistant to other forms of outreach

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