The Stephen Series, also called “Stephen Ministry,” provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers–called Stephen Ministers–in the congregation. Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. Since 1975, the Stephen Ministries organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped more than 11,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry. These congregations represent more than 150 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries.
Stephen Ministry care about people. A part of the body of Christ who Cares, who Encourages, and who Listens! We Share and Pray! We have completed 50+ hours of training and have been commissioned by our Church. Confidentially is held at the most highest standard. A Stephen Minister is someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.
Do you think you might need a Stephen Minister? If you are have struggles with interpersonal relationships, are discouraged, have had a death, illness, a divorce, or if you feel disconnected from the church and you think you might like a Stephen Minister assigned, contact Pastor Deborah or Pastor Gwen at 480-892-9166. They will talk to you about Stephen Minister and their responsibilities. You can decide if you want a Stephen Minister. The only persons who will know you have a Stephen Minister are you the Pastor and your caregiver.
Do you think you want to become a Stephen Minister? The excellent training is provided. This is a great way to utilize your gifts and graces to provide support and be God’s representative in sharing God’s love to those who are currently struggling. If you would like to be a Stephen Minster or know of someone who would benefit from a Stephen Minister please email Pastor Deborah. All inquiries are confidential.
“Bear one another’s burden, and so fulfill the Law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2