Caring – Stephen Ministry

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

What is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay-people to provide on-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry.  The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

A Stephen Minister is …

  • A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
  • A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his or her caregiving gifts.
  • A layperson with 50 hours of training in providing high-quality, distinctly Christian care.
  • A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
  • Someone who meets faithfully each week with his or her care receiver for as long as there’s a need.

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from care and support.  Stephen Ministers an 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
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Recovery after an incident or disaster
  • Many life challenges

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

What happens when you ask for help from a Stephen Minister?

When you ask for help from a Stephen Minister, one of the leaders will contact you to explain more about Stephen Ministry and what it can mean to you.  If your needs can be best served by a Stephen Minister, you will be matched with someone who will support you through a difficult/stressful time in your life.

For more information, please call the church office at 306-775-1616 or submit a Stephen Ministry Contact Request.

 

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