I am the chair of the pastoral elders in a Southwest Ontario CRC.
For a variety of reasons, we are considering alternative models of delivering pastoral care in our congregation. We currently are operating with a pretty standard model in which our membership is divided into "Focus Groups" each under the care of a pastoral elder supported by a pastoral care worker and a deacon.
While this has worked more or less effectively, we are experiencing some challenges, among which we have a hard time finding people willing to take on the role of elder due in part to the work load and feeling of responsibility. I'm sure we are not the first church to face this one so am asking if there are other models out there or if there is a conversation about this in the CRCNA into which I could link.