STEPHEN MINISTRY is one-to-one, same gender, lay caring ministry through the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people experiencing difficulties in their lives.
STEPHEN MINISTERS CARE FOR PEOPLE FACING TOUGH TIMES
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from care and support. Stephen Ministry can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
Divorce or Separation
Birth, Adoption, or Infertility
Recovery after an accident or disaster
Other Life Struggles
A Stephen Leader will talk with you about Stephen Ministry, and with your permission, you will be assigned a Stephen Minister. You will meet with your Stephen Minister on a regular basis for distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.
The caregiver’s commitment is to walk beside you, helping you bear your burdens (Galatians 6:2). The caregiver takes time to listen and talk about your situation, taking the circumstances to the Lord in prayer. Together, you and your caregiver discover that God alone is the true Care Giver.
HOW CAN I BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?
Stephen Minister training is an engaging, energizing experience that includes a mixture of lecture, video, group discussion, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities. It’s 50 hours of training broken up into manageable weekly classes, book-ended by workshops in September and January.
Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others. You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting, develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life, and deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver. You will feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.
Stephen Ministers Reception
Sunday, June 13 in Room 112 between services
Crises happen in all of our lives at one time or another. They include such things as depression over the loss of a job, grief at the death of a loved one, the necessity of hospitalization, or the birth of a child. A Stephen Minister can walk with you as you face a crisis. Stephen Ministers listen, explore feelings, pray, share Christ’s love, and maintain confidentiality. They attend to the caregiving process and leave the results to God. Join us Sunday, June 13, for a reception in between services in Room 112 to welcome our newly commissioned Stephen Ministers, learn more about receiving a Stephen Minister, and find more information on becoming a Stephen Minister you may contact Verona Winkler at 701.232.4476 or VeronaWinkler@bethelfc.com.
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If you would like more information about getting involved in Stephen Ministry,
contact Verona Winkler, Director of Care Ministry,
at 701.232.4476 or firstname.lastname@example.org