As we conclude our Undone series, we want to draw attention to a crucial ministry at Crossings designed to walk with our congregation through sorrow, suffering, and setbacks: Congregational Care Ministry. This week, we hear from Lance Ward, Pastor of Congregational Care, and learn more about the wide scope of this incredible ministry.
Lance previously served as a lead pastor and hospice chaplain before joining Crossings nearly ten years ago. His past experiences and heart for caring for others uniquely prepared him for his role as Pastor of Congregational Care. “I have the privilege of not only shepherding congregants, but also our own care staff,” he said. “It is my joy to not only ensure our care staff is present with those who hurt, but also ensure we are equipped to lead them toward steadfast hope in Christ and his promises.”
Many people wonder how those in Congregational Care can carry out such challenging work every day. “This is a great question, since we do spend most of our time with those who are suffering,” Lance said. “We keep in mind that our savior was a ‘man of sorrows, acquainted with grief’ who spoke honestly of troubles on earth (Isaiah 53:3; John 16:33). It is our privilege to walk beside people in such troubles and help them focus on the hope to come; this brings us a more satisfying joy than even the most pleasant circumstances.”
For those experiencing a difficult season or who need encouragement, Lance knows what a toll these seasons can take on your spirit. “There is no need to beat ourselves up or lose faith in God when hardships come our way,” he said. “Our savior suffered in life and death, and he promises true life beyond the best this world has to offer. So, keep trusting him. Keep hoping in him. Keep meeting with believers who will help you endure, and set your mind on what is to come thanks to the salvation Jesus brought!”
“There is no need to beat ourselves up or lose faith in God when hardships come our way. Our savior suffered in life and death, and he promises true life beyond the best this world has to offer. So, keep trusting him. Keep hoping in him. Keep meeting with believers who will help you endure, and set your mind on what is to come thanks to the salvation Jesus brought!” -Lance Ward
In addition to familiarizing yourself with all Congregational Care offers, Lance recommends reading Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller and Polishing God’s Monuments by Jim Andrews.
To learn more about Congregational Care, visit crossings.church/congregational-care or contact campus-specific pastors below.
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