The Stephen Ministry program is a non-denominational program that trains people in one-on-one caring relationships. Our church has an active Stephen Ministry program that is there to help people through difficult times and transitions in their lives. Stephen Ministers are not certified counselors, but lay people who have gifts in skills such as listening, encouraging, and walking with people through tough times. Referrals are kept confidential.
Stephen Ministries' Core Purpose is summed up in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. "To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).
We recently trained a new group of Stephen Ministers who were commissioned in March, 2012. The training included 50 hours of instruction, teaching practical skills in helping people learn to help others. Our next training class will likely be offered in the fall of 2013.
Trained Stephen Ministers are currently meeting two times a month for supervision and continuing education. Stephen Leaders meet for support and planning once a month.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry in our congregation, please talk with either JoAnn Jones or Pastor Dave.
For more information about the Stephen Ministry program in general you can click on the link to their national website at www.stephenministries.org
New Grief Support Group Starting:
A new grief support group within our church will meet the first Wednesdays of each month from 11-12 noon in the fireside room. The first meeting will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11 AM. This new group is open to anyone in the church or community who is experiencing grief. Facilitated by Dr. Don Harr, this group will provide support, encouragement, and help to those facing grief. All are welcome.