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Stephen Ministry

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Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of care extended to anyone in need or experiencing a crisis.  The Stephen Minister receives extensive training and formation before selection and being commissioned to this ministry.

Stephen Ministry is a system of training and organizing lay persons for caring ministry in and around their congregations.  The ministry is one-to-one:  A female Stephen Minister assigned to a female care receiver; a male Stephen Minister assigned to a male care receiver.  Only the principal Stephen Leader and the Pastor have knowledge of who is assigned to whom.

Confidentiality is the hallmark of this ministry. A Stephen Minister may commit to this ministry for a 2-year period of time.  At the conclusion of the 2 years of service, the Stephen Minister may either commit to another 2-year period of service or take time off from this ministry.

The Stephen Minister commits to:

  • A life of prayer and service
  • Visit the assigned care receiver once a week for a period of one quality hour
  • Join all the Stephen Ministers for a supervision and in-service session twice a month for a 2-hour period of time

Why the Name Stephen
The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned  by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (as recorded in Acts 6).

The Meaning of the Stephen Series Logo
s most dominant feature is the cross of Jesus.   It reminds us that Christ is at the center of Stephen Ministry and all Stephen Ministry relationships.

The broken person behind the cross symbolizes how we are all broken people,  broken by our own sin and imperfections.

s journey from brokenness to wholeness through the transforming power of the cross of Jesus.  It serves as a simple reminder that it is no the Stephen Minister who restores a person to wholeness.  Rather, it is only through the cross of Jesus that a person can be made whole.  The whole person in front of the cross signifies the wholeness we encounter through the  ransforming power of the cross of Jesus.  It is only through Jesus and his life, death on the cross,  and resurrection that we, who are broken people, are made whole.

The circle is a symbol of God’s eternal and never-ending love for us.  God’s love surrounds us, holds us, heals us, with the cross of Jesus at the center of that love.  For it was Jesus, God’ Son,  who allowed himself to be broken on the cross o save us from our sin and give us the opportunity to be restored to wholeness through him.

Contact the Parish Office for more information on how to volunteer for this ministry (376-9435).