Our church struggled to provide timely ministry to its members. People moved, entered the hospital, lost jobs, or even died-and sometimes the church didn't find out about it for weeks or even months.
In response, we started "InReach Care Ministry." We recruit people to oversee a maximum of five families. Their responsibilities include one phone call per month; cards sent on birthdays, anniversaries, and special holidays; and two invitations to church social events each year. The responsibility takes about thirty minutes a month. The church provides the cards and the postage stamps.
For recruits, we began with the chairman of deacons, who is now responsible for the full-time church staff. Each full-time staff member is also responsible for five families. A staff member monitors changes in assignments and posts them weekly.
When there is an illness, death, or emergency, the church is typically notified by the InReach minister. Numerous members report ...1