The Minister of Pastoral Care & Counseling is director of the pastoral care of the church, working under the Senior Pastor. The overall goal of this pastor is to build a community of care and compassion within the church. This person is neither to be the sole caregiver in the church nor only a marriage and family counselor. Rather, the goal is to build people and structures within the church where a wide range of needs can be met. In addition to the function of providing pastoral care this person is to equip others to provide care in the area of pastoral care ministries.