The Christian community offers pastoral care to its members in their personal and communal life. The church may provide different levels of this mutual ministry of care. All Christians are called to care for one another in daily living, sharing joys and sorrows, supporting in times of stress and need, offering mutual forgiveness and reconciliation. This care is primarily offered as the community of faith worships together. It is also provided as people interact in community and as they come together in groups for nurturing or to carry on ministries of the church. Ruling elders, deacons, and pastors are called to special responsibility for this common pastoral care.
The members of the church draw upon the resources of worship in giving pastoral care. Scripture is central as a resource for support, comfort, and guidance. Prayers - silent, spoken, and sung - give thanks, intercede, and acknowledge God's presence and power. Offering the sacraments in hospitals or households celebrates the presence of Christ, and extends the community of faith beyond the sanctuary.