Chapter 30 “The Private Pastoral Care of Souls” (pp. 195-198)
The duty of a pastor includes home visits and private care. This is a very important element of the pastor’s work. The individual care often reaches people more deeply and personally, which can be a great encouragement to the believer. This private ministry extends to every member of the congregation (p. 196). Walther cautions (p. 198) against allowing the private ministry to take away from preparation for pulpit ministry. He also encourages the pastor to guard against inappropriate familiarity, especially with young women.