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:

Loss of a Loved One
Divorce or Separation
Chronic Illness
Hospitalization
Discouragement
Aging
Unemployment or Job Crisis
Birth, Adoption, or Infertility
Recovery after an accident or disaster
Spiritual Crisis
Relocation
Loneliness
Other Life Struggles

 

If you know of someone other than yourself who would benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister.

 

If you are interested in receiving care for yourself.

 

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.

Have questions? Learn more.

 

If you would like more information about getting involved in Stephen Ministry,
contact Verona Winkler, Director of Care Ministry,
at 701.232.4476 or veronawinkler@bethelfc.com

Learn, Grow, and Serve
Become a Stephen Minister

Sundays, starting January 9, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, starting January 12, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Stephen Ministers offer one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. At the end of the training, Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide confidential care by meeting regularly with a Bethel attendee as a caring Christian who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages. Our next session of classes starts on January 9 and runs through April 20. Interested? Contact VeronaWinkler@bethelfc.com or call 701.232.4476.

Caring for others in difficult times

The following Stephen Ministry Education sessions are open to everyone. They provide valuable information for those in a caregiver role. Each session is offered twice, so you may choose a Wednesday OR Thursday.

Wednesday sessions meet 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Office Conference Room
Thursday sessions meet 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in Room 112

January 12 OR 13

Advanced Christian Caring Part  2

February 2 OR 3

Advanced Christian Caring Part 3

February 23 OR 24

Advanced Christian Caring Part 4

March 9 OR 10

Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce Part 1

March 23 OR 24

Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce Part 2

April 13 OR 14

Caring for People Experiencing a Major Medical Crisis Part 1

April 27 OR 28

Caring for People Experiencing a Major Medical Crisis Part 2

May 11 OR 12

Cancer – Now What? Part 1

May 25 OR 26

Cancer – Now What? Part 2