Building pastoral capacity for pandemics
The spread of deadly infectious disease in a community can generate a high degree of fear and anxiety in a congregation. It can create the conditions for social isolation, for stigma and stereotypes, and for everyone becoming a little more “on edge.”
During a pandemic, our congregations will be called upon to increase in pastoral care and physical care capacity. Pastoral care—the kind of care that attends to the spiritual and emotional aspects of a person’s life—becomes especially important.