Pastoral Ministry is one of the most important duties of a Clergy, to walk with persons in times of need, sickness and sorrow, but also during times of joy and celebration, offering spiritual support, counselling and pastoral care. Pastoral care for the sick and infirm is one of the most significant ways that members of the Body of Christ continues the ministry and mission of Jesus. Pastoral care, 'helping others' is the responsibility of all Christians. The support of shared praying and consolation has been characteristic of believers from New Testament times. When Peter was imprisoned, his friends gathered to pray for him (Acts 12:5,12) and James exhorts Christians to support one another in prayer (James 5:16). Clergy are trained in Pastoral Ministry which includes the care of individuals and families in their charge.