Pastoral Care includes all the ways in which the pastor cares for the flock that God has placed in his care. The ordinary means of caring for the flock include preaching, Christian education, confession/absolution, prayer, and the liturgy itself. These are the primary ways in which a pastor cares for the flock.
We also receive the Word of God individually from our pastor to comfort us when we are troubled by our sins, to strengthen us when we struggle in this life, and to give us counsel and guidance from God’s Word. Our pastor cares for each of our members, not only through the public preaching and teaching of the Word of God, but also by bringing that Word into our homes, when hospitalized, home bound, or when our conscience is burdened by sorrow, grief, or shame.