Pastors Caring for the Needs of the Community

The Pastoral Care team of the Church in Aurora provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to our church family as well as our community with biblical encouragement and prayer support.

Our desire is to show the love of Christ in the way we care for others. We realize there are various stages of life and circumstances that alter an individual’s health and well-being, so we strive to offer a support system that will meet the needs of our church family. Our goal is to promote good health and well-being of the spirit, soul and body.

If you have a need, please call or visit our church office, and the Pastoral Care team will establish an initial connection. We offer a listening ear and prayer, followed by resources that will educate and provide you with support for special life circumstances.

Pastor Availability

A Church in Aurora pastor or reverend will be on call and available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, should you need help. The member in crisis can contact Reverend Kevin Horak, Associate Pastor at 330-562-8266 ext. 222. We do ask that you use discernment when placing calls at night, however we are available for urgent needs, such as emergency hospitalization or the death of a loved one. In all cases, if you feel someone is in danger or physically ill, please call 911.

Hospital Visitation

The Church in Aurora keeps a record of members admitted to area hospitals. Our pastors and trained volunteers are encouraged to visit those in the hospital when it is appropriate, per the family’s request.

Watch Care/Senior Care

The Pastoral Care team has initiated the Watch Care/Senior Care Connection. Members who are homebound, residing in area assisted living facilities and nursing homes will be visited by our team upon request. Our team will provide private prayer and communion for those who are unable to attend church services on Sunday. If you know someone who desires a visit from our Pastoral Care team, please contact Reverend Kevin Horak, Associate Pastor at 330-562-8266 ext. 222.

Funeral Planning

The Pastoral Care team offers funeral planning resources for families who desire help planning the funeral services of a loved one. If a funeral or memorial service is desired at The Church in Aurora, it will be necessary for the bereaved family to contact the church office to discuss availability, feasibility and schedule, as well as to coordinate participants in the service (i.e., officiating pastor, musicians, communication staff and facilities). If a guest pastor is requested to officiate a service at The Church in Aurora, that pastor must be approved by our Senior Pastor, and one of The Church in Aurora pastors will co-officiate the service. The church office will discuss the options for space availability based on the church calendar of events. If additional assistance is needed, feel free to discuss this with the Pastoral Care team member. For additional details, click here.

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders.

If you would like more information, please contact Reverend Kevin Horak, Associate Pastor at 330-562-8266 ext. 222.

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV)

Stephen Ministry Can Help

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer free, high-quality, one-to-one, confidential Christian care to people going through tough times.

Learn more:

  • What Is a Stephen Minister?—Stephen Ministers describe how much they grow from serving in this ministry.
  • Stephen Minister Training—A Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.

Care receivers are people—congregation members—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
  • Men are matched with men; women with women.
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

Learn more:

Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.

If you would like more information, please contact Reverand Kevin Horak, Associate Pastor at 330-562-8266 ext. 222.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).