We are doing some revamping of our care ministries in the church for folks who are no longer able to attend worship or participate in church activities due to physical and emotional limitations. We generally have called these persons “homebound” or “shut-ins,” however these terms don’t fully reflect the diversity of situations that we are addressing, and I was wondering if your congregation has come up with a better way of describing who these persons are. They aren’t inactive members, for they desire to be active, and one of the things that we are looking at in this ministry is ways that folks can be involved in the work of the church even when they can’t leave the house. Leave your comments with suggestions for a new category name for these persons.
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