Praise for ministers’ ministrations
Congregations may be dwindling in some churches but ministers do an incredible amount of pastoral work
30 August, 2018 — By John Gulliver
The Royal Free Hospital
VISITING my wife at the Royal Free – she was discharged last week – made me aware of something I had never given any thought to before: the pastoral work of church ministers.
Congregations may be dwindling in some churches but ministers do an incredible amount of pastoral work visiting parishioners in hospital. Often I would see ministers I know in Camden slipping into the ward to sit and talk to parishioners, many of them very ill. I would not be surprised if a minister doesn’t spend several hours a week at hospitals – something probably not all that known in the secular world. Family visits are important for most patients but a visit by a minister can break spells of depression that can grip patients.
As a humanist I can only admire this.