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Stephen Ministry

 

SMLogoOur congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister is....

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for as long as there's a need
  • Is committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
  • Someone who is willing to serve for at least two years
  • Someone who receives continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a STEPHEN MINISTER! These needs include but are not limited to...

  • hospitalization
  • a terminal illness
  • relocation
  • grief
  • loneliness or discouragement
  • unemployment or a job crisis
  • aging
  • chronic illness
  • divorce or separation
  • spiritual crises
  • incarceration
  • birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • recovery from an accident
  • and many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private. "Love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34

 

Stephen Ministry enhances our outreach by....

  • Creating a "caring ministry explosion" where many instead of a few are offering God's love and care in a distinctively Christian way.
  • Enabling our entire congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for in Jesus Christ.
  • Identifying our congregation to our community as a place where people's needs are taken seriously.

"Encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11   If you would like to know more information on this ministry. Please feel free to contact one of our pastors or Stephen Leader Darlene Runaldue.

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