Pastoral Care at Chase


Lesley Dufton - Deputy Pastoral Care Co-ordinatorPastoral care within Chase Family Church is one way of demonstrating what Jesus called us to do and be: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, by your love for one another” (John 13 v 35). “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6 v2). There is a lot in the Bible about supporting, caring for and building up one another and we do this by taking care of the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of church members through prayer, mentoring and practical help.

Our vision is that as people are helped and have their needs met, they will in turn be able to do the same for others. In Ephesians, the role of pastors (among others) is defined as “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all ……….. become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4 v 12 and 13).

The Elders and House Group Leaders already carry out a lot of pastoral care but, given the size of our church, they can’t cover all the needs. In any case we are called to function like a family and as a body, so we should all be involved in caring to some extent – and many people already are. We are there to co-ordinate and support what they do and make sure no one slips through the net.

Please contact us if you need practical help, prayer or mentoring; or just want to talk something through with someone. Or if you know someone else who has a need. You can get in touch with us in any of the following ways:

  • through your house group leaders
  • by phoning Lesley.

If you are available to help with practical care, however infrequently, please let us know. We have a core team but we need more people - men and women of all ages - for one-off help as well as a regular commitment. If you are already involved in pastoral care, let us know so that we can support you, practically if necessary and definitely in prayer. One way of doing this is by completing the practical help form on the website. Or you can email or phone us.