Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS
The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations. View the Stephen Ministry feature here.

 

What is Stephen Ministry?
One-to-one ministry by trained, caring lay-ministers who have responded to Christ’s call to “carry other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal.6:2

What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is…

  • A committed Christian who walks beside a hurting person
  • A good listener
  • Trained in confidentiality
  • Supervised for quality care

A Stephen Minister is NOT…

  • A counselor or therapist
  • A problem solver
  • A casual visitor

 

Would you like to become a Stephen Minister? 
New classes are held in the Fall every couple of years. Check back for a Fall 2016 class.

Who May Need a Stephen Minister?
People who are dealing with:

LonelinessLoss of a loved one
Retirement changes
Loss of a job
Childbirth
Hospitalization
Separation and divorce
Terminal illness
Chronic illness
Families of the chronically ill
Struggling with faith in God
Facing changes in their lives
Family frustrations and challenges

 

How to Refer Someone for a Stephen Minister:

  1. A person—either you, a relative, or a friend—is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  2. The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care from a pastor, a friend, or from the person in need of care and only after the person in need has granted permission.
  3. The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  4. With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with that person.
  5. The Stephen Minister provides distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, please pick up a Stephen Ministry brochure at the church, fill out the card on the back and return it to the church office. Or download the referral application here.  Or call our Stephen Minister leaders:  Butch Bush for men (269-757-3566 or haroldebush@att.net) or Darla Pagel for women (269-930-2239 or djjr65442@aol.com).

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