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 a biblical solution -- 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 community members alike.
A Stephen Minister is.... a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting; a congregation member with gifts for care-giving who was carefully selected to serve in this role; 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 as long as there is a need.
At Covenant, as well as at other churches across the nation and around the globe, lay people have been trained to serve as Stephen Ministers. Each lay person ordained as a Stephen Minister has received some 50 hours of training.
New classes for the training Stephen Ministries are held throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact the church office for the next scheduled class.
The training is done by Stephen leaders, who have themselves received intensive training; that training has been provided through the national office of Stephen Ministries in St. Louis.
There are 25 modules which make up the training program, and each is designed to require two hours. Skills are developed through reading of three paperback books, pre-reading assignments, group discussion, role-playing, thoughtful pondering of all of these facts.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
Could you, or someone you know benefit from a Stephen Minister? Contact Rev. Kevin McDonald or Cindy Waldo at the church office, 402-498-9000