How to Do a H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L. Visit

April 22, 2019

One of the ministries I ask our small groups to do is to visit people in the hospital or nursing homes. However, if someone has not done a visit like this before, it can be intimidating. Here is a simple teaching I created for our small group members to use when they visit people in the hospital. 

How to Do a H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L. Visit


“I was sick and you visited me”
Matthew 25:36

  • Honor his time by letting him know that you are coming.
  • Offer a gift (card, book, flowers, Bible, etc.)
  • Support him by listening, not talking.
  • Provide positive upbeat energy and be encouraging and optimistic.
  • Inspire him to get better by talking about future events and activities that he can look forward to doing once he gets out of the hospital.
  • Talk little and make it brief, but when you do talk, be sure to talk about God.
  • Ask if you can help in any way.
  • Lift him up in prayer and tell him that the pastors at church are praying for him.


Believers Who Are Sick

Psalm 23; 46; 118:1-8; Matthew 6:25-34; John 14:1-6; 16-18; Romans 5:1-8; 8:26-39; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 1:2-6; 1 John 5:1-5

Believers Who Are Dying or Bereaved

Psalm 23; 116:15; John 14:1-6; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 5:1-9; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:20-21

Scripture for Unbelievers

Psalm 32:1-5; John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 John 5:9-13

Be a R.O.M.A.N Witness to an Unbeliever

  • Righteousness is something that no one has (Romans 3:23)
  • On the road to death is where everyone is going (Romans 6:23)
  • Man is who God died for (Romans 5:8)
  • A faith in Christ saves you from death (Romans 10:9-10)
  • No one who calls on Jesus will die (Romans 10:13)

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher L. Scott serves as senior pastor at Lakeview Missionary Church in Moses Lake, Washington and is the host of The Daily Sermon Podcast. Learn more at

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