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StephenMinister

What is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community 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 about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”   Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministers Care For People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life — times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as…

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry:

The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.”   1 Thessalonians 5:11

Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry.  Here’s what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need.  God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Leaders Are:

Trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.

  • If you — or someone you know — could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister…
  • If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry…

…talk with one of our Stephen Leaders.

“Love one another — as I have loved you.”   John 13:34

 

To speak to a Stephen Minister, please contact our Stephen Leader, Robbie Hill at 620-342-3046 or at robbhill70@hotmail.com.

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