Stephen Ministry

UPDATE - November, 2021
Training for our Stephen Ministers began in October.  The first week of study, “The Person of the Caregiver,” was an introduction to the training ahead and exploring the Christ-centered foundation of Stephen Ministry.  In the following weeks we learned about “Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours” in which we explored how feelings are a gift from God and how to help people recognize, accept, and express feelings so they can experience God’s healing and wholeness. We also studied “The Art of Listening” which is an essential part of Stephen Ministry. We learned how to use a variety of active listening skills to help hurting people share what they’re going through and move toward healing. We ended the month with a day long retreat studying “Distinctively Christian Caring”.   This training focused on the essentials of using our Christian faith in caring for hurting people and learning practical ways to live out the reality that “The Stephen Minister is the caregiver, and God is the Curegiver.”

Please keep the trainees and leaders in your prayers as they learn to be equipped to bring Christ’s care to hurting people and continue to lift them up as they nurture their gifts and expand their knowledge as they grow in their ability to provide caring ministry on behalf of our congregation.  Please contact Deb Jones or Pastor Deb for information on Stephen Ministry or if you have any questions.

 

UPDATE - October, 2021
Congratulations to Diana Jessel, Marty Kellow, and Anita Urso for being selected as our first class of Stephen Ministers.  Following the training which begins in October, these women will be commissioned as Stephen Ministers to carry out ministries of caring within our congregation with people experiencing hospitalization, grief, divorce, job loss, and many other life crises.

One of the most powerful ways of affirming our Stephen Ministers is to pray for them. Whether you are thanking God for the gift of that person’s presence and friendship or asking God to care for and watch over them, we ask for your prayers as they undertake this new training. 

There is a cost to training our Stephen Ministers and running our Stephen Ministry.  If you would like to donate to help defray these costs, you can place any donations in the offering plate and mark it for Stephen Ministry.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at msjonesncc@gmail.com or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.
 

UPDATE - September 5, 2021
Deb Jones and Pastor Deb are in the process of selecting our first class of Stephen Ministers. Training will begin in October.  Over the next few months these future Stephen Ministers will receive extensive training in Christian caring skills. Some of the areas they will cover include listening effectively, addressing feelings, confidentiality, using the resources of Christianity, being assertive, and a number of topics dealing with specific life crises.

Throughout, the training will emphasize the theology of caring for the whole person.  We ask for your prayers as we select our Stephen Ministers and prepare them to provide one-to-one lay caring ministry to people experiencing life difficulties in our congregation and community.  

There is a cost to training our Stephen Ministers and running our Stephen Ministry.  If you would like to donate to help defray these costs, you can place any donations in the offering plate and mark it for Stephen Ministry.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at msjonesncc@gmail.com or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.
 

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
(Galatians 6:2, NRSV)

Deb Jones and Pastor Deb attended Stephen Leader training through Zoom in June.  We will be sharing information about Stephen Ministry through the bulletin and newsletter each month. You are always welcome to ask either of us any questions you have regarding our Stephen Ministry.  

Stephen Ministry provides the training, tools, and support that will help our congregation train a team of lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—who will then provide one-to-one, Christian care to people experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, and other life difficulties.  A Stephen Ministry congregation receives a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

Pastor Deb will have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people, while the lay people will nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at msjonesncc@gmail.com or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.

 

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