When to Call Your Pastor

When to Call Your Pastor

Sometimes people wonder when they should call or contact their pastor. Here are some suggestions.

Call your pastor when . . . .

…you or a loved one is going into the hospital.
Whether its a “routine” operation or an emergency visit, your pastor can plan to visit you, a family member, or a friend with God’s Word of comfort.

…you would like a prayer said for you or a loved one, or even just an acquaintance. Your pastor is always happy to pray for and with others, and our almighty and merciful God answers prayer! (Please, let the pastor know if you would like a prayer said publicly during the Divine Service, otherwise he will keep it confidential. If the prayer is for someone else, please ask his or her permission first, if you desire the prayer to be public.)

...you are not able to come to church for a prolonged period of time. He can make a home visit at your availability for a devotion and prayer, and if you so desire, the Lord’s Supper. Your pastor simply wants you to stay connected to God’s Word and his Sacrament. We are all in constant need of God’s forgiveness and mercy.

…you have a question, concern, or suggestion about something at church. Many questions can be cleared up easily by simply asking. Likewise, if you have a concern about something at church, let your pastor know. If you have a suggestion, tell your pastor. Your pastor may not be able to implement every suggestion, but your input does matter!

…you have an issue in your marriage that is unresolved after one month. If an issue in your marriage does not go away after one month, then there is certainly a spiritual issue. Often people wait until their marriage drastically deteriorates. A Christian marriage needs to be rooted in God’s Word and built on His love. It is good to be reminded of God’s love, especially as it applies to you, your spouse, and your relationship. Your pastor can help. (This advice can really go for any strained relationship.)

…your conscience is troubling you. God does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation and guilt. He invites us to confess our sin and receive His forgiveness. You can confess your sin to your pastor in strict confidence and freely receive God’s forgiveness and absolution delivered to you personally. You’re welcome to come even if no particular sin is troubling you.

you’re wrestling with a spiritual issue or have a question about something the Bible says. Questions often come up when you’re talking religion with coworkers and friends, reading/studying the Bible, or listening to a sermon. Your pastor loves to discuss God’s Word and wants to see you grow in your understanding of it.

…you know someone who wants to know more about Jesus. Your pastor would love to meet with him or her to share the hope that we have in Christ. You might offer to personally introduce this person to your pastor. This can make the opportunity a little less intimidating for someone who is not used to talking with a pastor.


Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list.


If you are not currently being served by any pastor, feel free to call Pastor Gullixson at (760) 873-6589. He would be happy to listen and talk with you.