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Card Ministry

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)
A word of encouragement goes a long way to comfort those who are sick or grieving, celebrate a joyous occasion, and share God’s love. A card ministry allows you to show that you care even when you are not present physically.


  • Advertise the ministry through your church and recruit volunteers.
  • Choose a cause. Identify the recipients and/or consider specific occasions to focus on:
Possible Recipients Causes
Pastors and church leaders Baptism
Shut-ins Sympathy/loss
The sick Wedding and engagement  
New church members/visitors Birthdays
College students/international students  Holidays
Victims of abuse Graduation
Prisoners New job
Hospice workers/patients Thank you and appreciation 
Missionaries Encouragement
Armed forces Baby/expecting
Senior citizens Care & concern 
  • Collect supplies. Ask for donations from church members, dollar stores, the local post office, craft stores, stationery stores, etc. You may use ready-made cards or make your own. Some supplies you will need: paper, scissors, glue, envelopes, pens and markers, decorative items, stencils, stamps, etc.
  • Select a time and place your ministry will meet. Some card ministries meet once a month throughout the year.
  • Come up with a mailing list, updating it constantly. Consult the church directory and newsletter for those with specific needs or prayer requests.
  • On the day you work, organize your volunteers into different workstations: create, assemble, write and address.
  • Drop off the cards at the post office.


  • Microsoft Office allows you to easily import your mailing list and print address labels.
  • Consider collaborating with DaySpring Cards, a Christian greeting card company that donates Christian greeting cards to prisons across the States.
  • If sending cards to military members, be aware that addressing the cards to “Any Service Member or Any Wounded Warrior” is prohibited.