Reading another thread on the FFF sparked this thread. How do the pastors here work visitation?? How have you taught your people and what do you expect from them in terms of visitation and calling? Hull's book "The Disciple Making Pastor" talks about people who expect the pastor to make every visit. He uses the example of someone in the hospital who has had 20 visitors but doesn't feel visited until the pastor shows up. He says that is the result of bad teaching. The pastor should be training others (i.e., discipling them) to do the work of ministry so that the visitation can be carried out. I must admit that I am persuaded by that. What does a pastor have to offer that a lay believer does not?? I tell my people that I have no special telephone line to heaven and taht my presence or speech does absolutely nothing that another believer's does not. When we fail to incorporate others in the visitation process, do we know (perhaps unwittingly) further the misconception that the Pastor is the one who can really get through and everyone else is just playing at the Christian life?? What think ye?