Congregational care is a phrase we use to describe how we minister to each other at Pullen. The Congregational Care Council oversees the myriad of ministries we have for people in grief, crisis, recovering from a hospital stay, or just making sure someone has a ride to church. While the pastors are often described as taking the lead in congregational care, the reality is that most of the care-giving takes place between friends in our community. Sunday school classes, mission groups, and other small circles of people are continually reaching out to one another to give support.
There are many ways to volunteer in the congregational care ministries of our church. Please contact the pastors if you are interested in helping.
Contact: Nancy Petty, Pastor
A Circle of Friends
A Circle of Friends is a group of people who come together on a regular basis to support a person in achieving certain personal goals. They are involved because they care about the focus person and they have made a commitment to work together on behalf of the person.
GLBT/SA Support Group
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Ally Support Group is a big name for something simple and sacred. On the third Monday of each month, this group meets in the church chapel to share stories, cry together, laugh together, and provide a safe haven for one another. There are always new people and veterans in attendance. The conversations are confidential and the supportive spirit brings many people back each month.
For more information please contact the group’s facilitator, Jill Hinton or Nancy Petty.
Pullen Cares is a one-on-one mentor program established to help members and friends deal with a life crisis, challenge, or transition by pairing these individuals with another member or friend who has dealt with a similar situation. The mentor will not provide counseling or therapy, but might answer questions, suggest resources, pray with or for the person in need, and listen and care. Matches are made by Pullen’s pastor and all aspects of the program are confidential. Areas of need may include: new baby, adoption, difficult parenting issues, physical/emotional abuse, substance abuse, learning and physical challenges, major illness, sexual orientation issues, depression, mental illness, job loss, divorce, remarriage, stepfamilies, care-giving for aging parents, or death of a loved one. If you have experienced any of these life challenges—or another that isn’t listed—and are willing to be a resource to someone experiencing a similar event, the pastor welcomes your assistance.
Service of Remembrance
There are many different kinds of loss that hit us hard during the holidays. The loss of a family member or close friend through death takes us into the long journey of grieving. We can also experience a sense of loss when we are cut off from home and family because of who we are or whom we love. Still others carry the pain of lost health or careers. Each year, in November or December, a Service of Remembrance is held. This is a time to gather with the faith community to remember, to grieve, and to give thanks. An important part of the service is to name the people and places remembered and to share a few words about them.
Steely Ministers are a ministry of Pullen’s Congregational Care Council. Named for the late John Steely, long-time professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and beloved Pullen member, this program has become an essential part of the church’s life.
Steely Ministers visit home-based members of the church who are no longer able to attend on a regular basis. The focus of these visits is to bring a touch of the church’s spiritual life into the home of the care-receiver. Steely Ministers bring communion, read scripture, and pray; but primarily lend a listening ear.
If you have interest in becoming a Steely Minister and would like to learn about the training process, please contact Nancy Petty.