Lay Shepherds are church members who are chosen to be responsible with the spiritual and physical needs of the congregation.  They are each responsible for a portion of the congregation known as their “parish” and pray daily for the members they are assigned. The family units assigned to each. Lay Shepherds will report immediately to the Director of Spiritual Life or the Pastoral staff of any spiritual or physical situation that may need their intervention or assistance. They meet monthly as a group with the Pastoral Staff to discuss concerns and celebrations of the members in their parishes.  These meetings are strictly confidentiality. Finally, they are responsible for the Biblical requirements of the elders in the Church such as helping to settle disputes that may arise in the church (Acts 15:1-2); praying for the sick (James 5:14); watching out for the church in humility (1 Peter 5:1-4); watching over the spiritual life of the members (Hebrews 13:17); and spending  time in prayer and teaching the Word (Acts 6:2-4)