I was recently asked by a pastor friend for some resources on pastoral visitation. Here are some online resources I’ve collected over the years and some book recommendations. For more online resources and book recommendations on numerous subjects, click here.

HeadHeartHand Articles

A Normal Week of Pastoral Ministry

A Normal Pastoral Visit

Tips for Hospital Visiting

Other Articles

Pastoral Visitation: The God-given Responsibility to Shepherd (Part 1) | Joey Pipa

The Lost Work of Pastoral Visitation: Part 2 | Joey Pipa

Have You Ever Had a Pastoral Visit? | White Horse Inn Blog

How to Visit Someone in the Hospital | Joe Holland

What are 10 practical tools when visiting new parents in the hospital? | Practical Shepherding

What are 5 reasons Christians do not visit the sick and dying? | Practical Shepherding

When all else fails, what can I pray during a hospital visit? | Practical Shepherding

What practical tip about hospital visitation do I find myself coming back to over and over again? | Practical Shepherding

What are 10 practical tools to hospital visitation? | Practical Shepherding

Eric McKiddie: 3 Steps to An Encouraging Hospital Visit | A Brick in the Valley

How to Hack Your Introversion and Warmly Visit Someone in the Hospital (Even If You’ve Never Met) | Pastoralized

Pastor, Why Not Visit Their Workplace? | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Pastoral Visitation: The God-Given Responsibility to Shepherd – Reformation21

Thoughts on visiting | Reformation21 Blog

Pastoral Visitation: The Lost Work of Shepherding

What Should We Do When We Visit the Sick? | Kevin DeYoung

My pastoral confidentiality policy | Tom Ascol Blog

What does it look like for a church to care for a young widow and her children after the sudden loss of her husband? | Practical Shepherding

Some Thoughts On Ministering to the Sick and Dying | Kevin DeYoung

Visiting the Sick | Counseling One Another

What lessons have I learned from shepherding a 106 year old widow in my church? | Practical Shepherding

The Blessing of Visiting the Sick | Nick Batzig


Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness by Brian Croft

Pastoral Visitation: A Pocket Manual by David Short and David Searle

Serving in Church Visitation by Jerry Stubblefield.

There are also good chapter-length treatments in pastoral theologies such as:

The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry by Jason Helopoulos

The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry by Kent Hughes and Douglas O’Donnell.

Practical Wisdom for Pastors: Words of Encouragement and Counsel for a Lifetime of Ministry by Curtis Thomas

On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work by Derek Prime and Alastair Begg

The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges.