Why your church needs a care ministry (and how Hope Made Strong can help)

By Laura Howe

Let’s be honest: ministry can be tough. Between sermons, meetings, counselling sessions, and the never-ending to-do list, it’s easy to feel stretched thin and forget about one of the most important aspects of our calling: caring for our flock.

But here’s the thing, your church needs a care ministry. Sometimes, we unintentionally limit the idea of a care ministry in our heads to a casserole delivery service, but it’s so much more than that. Care ministry is all about creating a culture of care that permeates your entire church, from the pulpit to the parking lot – and into the community!

Why care matters

A thriving care ministry isn’t just about checking boxes or meeting needs. It’s about something much deeper: it’s about loving people like Jesus loves. It’s about recognizing that every person in your church is on a journey and that sometimes they need a little extra support along the way. Everyone shares three core needs as humans: belonging, purpose and hope.

When we provide intentional opportunities for belonging, purpose and hope, we build trust and strengthen relationships. A successful care ministry creates a sense of belonging and community. It shows people they’re not alone, that their hurts and struggles matter, and that there’s hope for healing and wholeness.

The challenges of building a care ministry

Here’s what you might be thinking: “I don’t have the time or resources to start a care ministry!” That’s understandable. You’re already busy, and the thought of adding one more thing to your plate can feel overwhelming.

But here’s the good news: you don’t have to do it alone. There are amazing resources available to help you build a thriving care ministry in your church, even with limited time and resources.

Hope Made Strong: Your partner in care

With a dedication to equipping church leaders with the tools and resources they need to build sustainable care ministries, Hope Made Strong offers a variety of resources, including:

  • The Care Ministry Podcast: Hear inspiring stories from church leaders who have successfully built thriving care ministries and get practical tips and advice you can implement in your own church.
  • The Caregiver Toolbox: Take an online, self-guided course that offers ministry caregivers foundational skills and strategies to support and care for their community.
  • The Care Ministry Cohort: Connect with other pastors who are passionate about care, share best practices and encourage one another.

The impact of a care ministry

The impact of a strong care ministry can be transformative. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect to see:

  • Reduced burnout: When your church has a system in place to care for its people, you’ll see a decrease in burnout among your pastoral staff and volunteers.
  • Increased engagement: People are more likely to be involved in your church when they feel cared for and supported.
  • Stronger relationships: A care ministry can help build deeper relationships between your church members, creating a stronger sense of community.
  • Spiritual growth: When people feel cared for, they’re more open to spiritual growth and transformation.

Taking the first step

If you’re ready to champion a care ministry in your church, but you’re not sure where to start, here are a few tips:

  • Start small. You don’t have to try to do everything at once. Begin by identifying one or two needs you can address, and then gradually build from there.
  • Recruit and train volunteers. You can’t do it all yourself! Find people in your church who are passionate about caring for others and equip them to serve.
  • Connect with other churches. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Learn from other churches that have thriving care ministries.
  • Seek help and support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Others have walked this road before you and can offer support!

Building a care ministry takes time and effort, but the rewards are immeasurable. When you create a culture of care in your church, you’ll see lives transformed, relationships strengthened, and a more vibrant and thriving community of faith.

So, what are you waiting for? Start today! Your church needs your leadership in building a ministry of care that will make a lasting difference in the lives of your people. And remember, you’re not alone.

Together, let’s make our churches places where everyone feels loved, cared for, and supported.


Laura Howe is the founder of Hope Made Strong. Learn more at HopeMadeStrong.org.

© 2024 Laura Howe. All rights reserved. Used with permission.