elder Visitation

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” — Heb 13:17


What is elder visitation?

In keeping with Scripture and ancient custom, Elders at PURC are elected from among the congregation to serve as spiritual overseers, counselors, and comforters. As a shepherd feeds, cares for, and directs the sheep, so God calls Elders to nurture and guide his Flock.

To this end, our Elders aim to visit members personally. This happens at least every two years, as well as on request. Their desire is not to be “moral police” but simply to know and encourage members in their walk with God. This might appear invasive to those unfamiliar with the practice, but most PURC members find it a great form of encouragement to have an opportunity to talk about spiritual things in the comfort of their homes or a coffee shop. Moreover, it is a distinct feature of our churches to really know the leaders.

Request a Visit

Whether it concerns your personal life or the ministry at Phoenix URC, please get in touch with your district elders if you have any concerns, questions, or ideas. These men are called by God and equipped to offer counsel, comfort, and representation in the church. You can reach them by this private form, or email and call them directly.

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Resources & Materials

Download .pdf of the Family Visit Guide.