Now re-read the quote above and imagine it coming from the infectious and joyful voice of Laura Warner Gilmer. As you read and hear it again my hope is that you are grateful that we are a Stephen Ministry Church. Maybe, as you read it again, you are asking - what is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members - called Stephen Ministers - to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.
Who is Involved in Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Leaders are church staff, lay leaders, and clergy trained to provide ongoing leadership for their congregation’s Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by their Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting.
Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a crisis or life difficulty.
Our community is blessed to have this important ministry and the current Stephen Ministers along with the Stephen Ministry Leadership are in the process of gathering, reconnecting and preparing ourselves to serve all of you in a variety of ways. Not only are we preparing to serve you, we are also watching and listening to the Holy Spirit to help us see others that may be called to this ministry. The call - is two fold - it can be a call to serve or it can be a call to receive.
In the weeks to come, we will be talking more about Stephen Ministry. In the meantime, please contact your Stephen Ministry Leadership if you have any questions.
Yours in Christ,