Visitation & Caring Outreach Ministry Resources
Sick and shut-in people need encouragement. Prisoners need hope and restoration. Here are resources to help with a visitation and caring outreach ministry to those who can't come to you.
Click on a tab below to view a list of general visitation resources or for people whom you might visit.
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General Visitation Resources
Basic Understandings & Helps for Visitation Ministry
- Serving in Church Visitation by Jerry M. Stubblefield, Paul E. Engle
Visit Those Who are Imprisoned
- God Behind Bars: The Amazing Story of Prison Fellowship by John Perry
- Justice That Restores by Charles Colson
- Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out by Lennie Spitale
Sick & Shut-ins
Visit Those Who are Sick, Shut-in, or Dying
- 4 Ways to Cheer Up a Sick Friend
- 13 Tips for Visiting Kids in the Hospital
- Care for the Caregivers
- Guidelines for effective hospital visitation
- Hospital visits let you be Christ to the sick
- Ministry to people facing illness
- When a Friend Has a Chronic Illness: What to Say .. How to Help
- Bedside Manners by Katie Maxwell
- Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend by Lisa J. Copen
- So You Want to Start a Chronic Illness / Pain ministry by Lisa J. Copen
- Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers by Judith Allen Shelly
- The Art of Helping: What to Say and Do When Someone is Hurting by Lauren Littauer Briggs
- Visit The Sick: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Illness by Brian Croft
- Why Can't I Make People Understand? Discovering the Validation Those with Chronic Illness Seek and Why by Lisa J. Copen
These ministry resources can help you more effectively reach out and care for those you visit. Don't, however, let concern for saying or doing the right things keep you from going. Your presence communicates that you care.