Stephen Ministry

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of St. Paul Lutheran Church are trained and organized to help provide Christian care giving to members of our congregation and community. This multiplies the amount of caring ministry St. Paul Lutheran Church can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ's healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life.

 

Who Are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church who have gone through 50 hours of training in providing high quality Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge such as divorce, grief, loss of a job, hospitalization, relocation, or loneliness. Stephen Ministers are each assigned a care receiver and meet with that care receiver for about an hour a week. This caring relationship will last for as long as the care receiver needs it. 

 

Love One Another As I Have Loved You ...

In John 15:12 (NRSV), Jesus says, 'This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ Loving and caring for one another is not just the pastor's job-it's something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who most need it.

 

If you would like more information on how to become a Stephen Minister or to receive care from one, please contact pastor Steele.  

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