A family; that is what God’s Church of Deliverance is. Our love for the Lord and for each other brings us together and makes the good times sweeter and also helps us through the tough ones.
At GCOD, you’ll find that being a part of a family is a great feeling. There’s the comfort of knowing that you’re surrounded by people who love you, people who care for you and that’s what GCOD’s Pastoral Care Ministries are all about. Our Pastoral Care Ministries are designed to minister to your needs at every stage of life.
Biblical Guidance Ministry
The Biblical Guidance office provides confidential counseling based on sound Biblical principles for those coping with life's stresses and difficulties. GCOD’s ministers in the Biblical Guidance office, as well as specially trained lay members, are available to assist those in crisis. In addition, Life Groups are offered to help meet a variety of needs. Life Groups meet at their selected times and dates. For more information or to request an appointment with Biblical Guidance.
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Lifting up the special needs of our families is an important part of GCOD’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry. If you have a need for which you would like our Intercessory Prayer Ministry to intercede, you may make that request by calling (803) 931-0057 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by submitting a Prayer Request.
The Pastoral Care staff extends compassionate ministry and prayer to those who are hospitalized through personal visitation in the area's hospitals. Recent changes in the law have limited the information hospitals can give to those requesting information about patients, so it is necessary to contact the Pastoral Care office to report any admissions or surgical procedures. Visits are normally made within twenty-four hours of the notification, but quicker response is offered if in an emergency. You can also submit a Prayer Request.
Extraordinary circumstances occasionally create special financial needs. The Benevolence Ministry seeks to provide financial assistance and/or Biblically-based guidance for members to help them in a time of special need.
You may call (803) 931-0057 for answers to questions you may have about making a request for assistance.
The Pastoral Care staff extends personal ministry by regularly visiting those members who are confined to home or in facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living. In addition to the Pastoral Care staff, homebound ministry volunteers maintain regular contact with these members through monthly visits, cards, and phone calls. If you would like to participate as a homebound ministry volunteer, call (803) 931-0057
The Bible clearly communicates God's concern for the widow, and instructs us to take special interest in extending His love and concern for them. The Pastoral Care staff offers help at the time of loss through prayer and assistance. Widows Ministry volunteers deliver a special packet to the new widow a few weeks after the loss, and maintain contact with the bereaved for a period of time. The packet contains grief material and identifies various sources of help available at New Life. One of GCOD’s ministers maintains personal contact with the bereaved for the first year after the loss. For more information or to volunteer in the Widows Ministry, call (803) 931-0057.
Families share their grief at the passing away of a loved one. The GCOD family is no exception. We endeavor to wrap our caring arms of faith and comfort around families who have suffered loss. When we are made aware of a loss, one of the Pastoral Care staff immediately attempts to contact a family member to express our condolences in the loss, to pray for the family, and to offer any assistance that the family may request. In addition, the Pastoral Care office notifies Life Groups where the deceased or family members of the deceased are attending so that those Life Groups can offer special ministry to the family. To notify the Pastoral Care office of a death, call (803) 931-0057.