The Foundation of The Church Is The Family
We believe the family structure is a gift from God, giving love, care, and encouragement to individuals who make up the family. In fact, we believe so much in the health of individual families, that we are utterly convinced that healthy families create healthy churches.
As part of our mission, our pastoral staff and eldership desires to connect with you in environments that you feel comfortable. Whether it is in your home, a hospital room, retirement home, online, school campus, or even our office, we are available for you.
What Is The Purpose of A Family Visitation?
The purpose of family visitations is to exercise pastoral care over our congregation. We know that you have needs, struggles, and questions, and our church wants to care for you. These meetings can be private, or with the whole family. They are held in an undistracted environment, where a conversation can be had, and prayers can be made without interruption.
The Apostle Paul tells us by addressing the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:18-21, 28-31, “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you, but have taught you publicly and from house to house…I never stopped warning each of you, night and day with tears.”
We replicate this model by visiting families for the purpose of pastoral care. We do family visitations for three specific reasons:
- To strengthen the spiritual lives of the members of our congregation.
- To challenge the worship, witness, or service of the members of the body of Christ.
- To promote and encourage fellowship with the body of Christ.
Importance of the Family Visit
Family visitations are important, specifically for the reason of shepherding. Elders come as a representative of Jesus Christ, the Head of the church. They have been given by Christ the calling to “watch over your souls, as men who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
At Kanisa Fellowship, we believe family visitations are important because it extends the care that you as members need from the Sabbath gatherings into your actual homes. It provides pastors and elders the opportunity to assess the precise needs of the congregation, the reaction to preaching and teaching, establish meaningful relationships, and detect certain issues that may arise within the body of Christ.
What does a typical visitation look like?
A typical family visitation is 45 – 60 minutes. A visit is casual but orderly. There are a few things that pastors and elders will always do with those in which they are visiting.
- Before the visit, the pastor or elder will pray for those they are about to visit.
- They will chat with the family members about personal life issues such as children, work, school, life, relationships, etc.
- They will identify areas of concern and celebration that should be brought to the pastor’s attention.
- They will discuss spiritual matters.
- They will pray with the family.