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Growing Healthy Churches

Healthy Churches, Led by Healthy Leaders, Changing the World

hoyt0916-2Dr. Bill Hoyt  |  Regional Consultant & Coach

Is it Really Pastoral Care?

On countless occasions over the years, I have asked pastors and lay leaders “What do you mean when you say, ‘Pastoral Care?’” Most often they respond by recounting how they care for the people of the church. I let them go on for a bit, then I interrupt, making the sound of a buzzer and forming the time-out sign with my hands.

I then tell them, “You don’t ever want to call what you are describing as ‘pastoral care’ for two reasons. First, it has nothing to do with caring for the pastor! Why in the world would you call something that has nothing to do with the pastor’s care, ‘pastoral care?’ The answer to that question leads directly to the second reason you should never call it ‘pastoral care.’ Because if you call it ‘pastoral care,’ whose job is it? Why the pastor’s job, of course.”   Read more!

Rev. Gilbert Foster  |  Director of Recruitment

I sit among many congregations. Something I am more and more seeing – or less and less hearing – is the congregation singing. I hear the band, I hear the worship leader, but I do not hear the congregation. If they are singing – it’s a dull whisper.

If there’s anyone in today’s western church who could address what needs to happen when The Church comes together on a Sunday morning its two modern hymn writers called Keith and Kristyn Getty. (Likely you know them through their well-loved modern hymn, In Christ Alone.)

Full confession – I know Keith and Kristyn. They’ve been in my home. I’ve known Kristyn’s parents for three decades. I like them. I like much of the modern hymns they have written (often together with Stuart Townend). But they have just written their first book:  Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church.   Read more!

Why GHC?

WE LISTEN, WE DISCUSS, WE ADVISE AND DEVELOP
No one can better understand what a pastor faces than other pastors. Growing Healthy Churches is a network of pastors and leaders who are here to support you and your church as you follow God's direction in reaching your community for Christ.
WE CARE ABOUT OUR CHURCHES & PASTORS
You're on the front lines and because many of us have walked in your shoes we understand the road you walk on and we care about your success. We share your passion for the Great Commission & Great Commandment and we want to help you on the journey God has set before you.
WERE COMMITTED TO GROWTH & LEARNING
Whether it's personal growth, church growth and development, or mentor clusters, capital campaigns, pastoral coaching or placement we're committed to helping you take your church to the next level.
SERVING CHURCHES & THEIR LEADERS
GHC is committed to the Great Commission & the Great Commandment of reaching the world with the love of Jesus Christ. We give leaders the opportunity to learn from other leaders who represent an array of leadership styles & church strategies.
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Growing Healthy Churches is an association of churches working together in covenant to help advance the Kingdom of God by pursuing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Click Here to Learn More

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