It’s always a good idea to start at the beginning! When we look at the Bible, we see that the book of Acts introduces us to the ministry of pastoral care. The Good News of Jesus begins to spread quickly and churches grow as people embrace the gospel. As this happens, people are needed to oversee these budding congregations. Paul spent three years pastoring the church in Ephesus. As he gets ready to leave, he encourages the congregation and its leaders to continue to pastor:
"Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to warn everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified."
Carol Ann Henley