*If you are interested in training to becorme a Stephen Minister...
Need more information about Stephen Ministry..
You want to make a referral to obtain the services of a Stephen Minister..
Call Judy Leavitt (352) 746-7716
What is Stephen Ministy?
Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
A Stephen Minister Is...
*A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
*A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
*A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
*A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
*someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for long after there is a need.
Stephen Ministry Care For People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life-times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to 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
*Unemployment or a Job Crisis
*A Terminal Illness
*Birth, Adoption, Miscarriage, or Infertility
*A Chronic Illness
*Recovery After an Accident or Disaster
*And Many More
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
Stephen Ministry Is YOUR Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here is what you can do:
*PRAY for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
ACCEPT CARE from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God does not expect you to bear your burdens alone.
*TELL A FRIEND, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Minstry.
*CONSIDER BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER if you are a good listener and a compassionate person.
Stephen Leaders Are...
Trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.
*If you -or someone you know-could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister...
*If you are interensted in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister...
*If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry...
Talk with one of our Stephen Leaders.
Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.
Stephen Ministry provides biblical sloution-Equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide.
Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting-both congregation members and nonmembers alike.
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