I think visitation is important. I am trying to get around to visit everybody in my congregation with my family, to get to actually know them in their own homes, rather than just in the church. I was never "taught" how to do visitations, so I thought I'd ask what you folks have found useful in your ministries:
- Should this be just a chit-chat time, with an emphasis on getting to know folks better?
- Should the visit be exclusively Pastoral; e.g. "How can I pray for you?" "What do you need help on in your spiritual life?"
- Should it be a mixture?
I haven't been here long, so I've been pretty much sticking with the first option. I haven't made it a practice to pray with the family at the beginning or end of the visit (is that even required?). I've just focused on trying to get to know them, and to let them see that I'm normal and approachable. Is this bad? Is this good? Help this silly, young Pastor out . . .