The key concern of a home visit is to see whether the citizens of the kingdom of God are living according to the laws of the kingdom. Thus, the author supports the use of the Ten Commandments as a guideline for elders in such visits.
The work of family visitation is crucial to the task of the elders, so that they can have a better knowledge of the congregation members. This article gives the biblical grounds for the home visit, discussing the purpose of the visit, the relationship between the elder and the family, and how to relate to different members in different circumstances.
This article looks at the task of the elder in the home visit. The author looks at the biblical ground and historical development of this practice, as well as its nature and purpose. The author also provides some guidelines for organizing the home visit.
This article argues that home visits should only have one theme, which is the members of the congregation. By this the author means that the priority is knowing how members are doing in their life with the Lord.
This article looks at the way elders can keep Christ central in the home visit, as well as get all family members to participate in a way that a true inquiry about their faith can be made. The key lies in the tone and attitude of the elder.
What do the elders and consistory do when a church member is not willing to receive home visits or pastoral care? This article studies the reasons for this situation, and what the elders and consistory can do about it.
House visits are crucial to the health of the church. Therefore, pastoral visits should form part of the pastor's work. Why is it that pastors find home visits discouraging and thus do not do them? This article discusses five reasons why pastors do not visit.
Home visits seemingly did not begin until the time of the Reformation. This article explains how the Reformers moved away from the Roman Catholic practice of confession. It also highlights the connection made in history between home visits and the Lord’s Supper.
When doing house visits or family visits, elders must lead the conversation. This article shows questions elders could ask so that they can address the life of a person as it is lived before God's eyes.
Who qualifies to do a house visit? Who qualifies to receive a family visit? This article looks at these questions under the topic of the work of the elders and deacons in the congregation. The author discusses the need for family visits, as well as the manner in which a home visit should be done.
Elders have a responsibility to shepherd children by ensuring that they receive the sign and seal of the covenant through baptism, and that their parents understand their responsibility to nurture those children.
Family visits are a task carried out by the elders under the authority of Christ in order to care for His church. This article looks at the ways elders should prepare for such home visits, and some important aspects of the family visit.