An Oasis of Prayer, Belonging and Service.
Stephen Ministry gives Living Waters a proven and effective way to train and organize members to provide one-to-one distinctly Christian caregiving to individuals struggling with a crisis like grief, divorce, loneliness, relocation, hospitalization, a terminal illness, or unemployment. The need for this type of care greatly exceeds what pastors alone can provide. All Christians are called to care for and love one another – it’s not just the Pastor’s job. By equipping laypeople we can help them fulfill their calling as Christians and also expand the amount of caring ministry available through Living Waters.
Stephen Ministry began in 1975 when Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist in St Louis, trained parishioners to help meet the needs for care in his congregation. The ministry was so successful that other congregations became interested and led Haugk to found the Stephen Ministries organization. Since then, more than 10,000 congregations have become involved in Stephen Ministry. They represent over 150 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 24 other countries. The Stephen Ministry organization annually hosts six Leader Training Courses (LTCs) across the U.S. At these courses, more than 60,000 Stephen Leaders have been trained. Stephen Leaders in turn have trained more than 500,000 church members as Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers have now served well over one million people as care receivers with formal care of a Stephen Minister and many more have been touched in an informal way since the program’s inception.
Beginning on September 25th, Living Waters joins a consortium of nearby churches and will begin our third round of Stephen Minister Training. The training consists of 50 hours of solid instruction which will be completed on February 23, 2013.
At Living Waters, our next step is to recruit, select and train members to be Stephen Ministers, the ones who will provide the one-to-one care. Each Stephen Minister will be matched with an individual in need of care and provide the Stephen Minister with ongoing supervision and continuing education.
Pray for discernment for yourself and others who sense a gift for one-on-one caregiving to become candidates for this training. For Stephen Ministry information contact Jerry Dufeck, Pastoral Care Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 651-315-3976
Stephen Ministry Training –
it’s not too late to attend!
Session Begins September 25, 2012
For details contact Jerry Dufeck, Pastoral
Care Coordinator, email@example.com or phone 651-315-3976
THE BASICS -- WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
Living Waters Stephen Ministry
equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-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
A person 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.
STEPHEN MINISTERS 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 –
Divorce or separation
· Loneliness or discouragement
· Spiritual crisis
· Unemployment or a job crisis
· A terminal illness
· Birth, adoption,
miscarriage, or infertility
· Recovery after an accident
· A chronic illness
Stephen Ministry is a
confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes
place in each caring relationship remain private.
STEPHEN MINISTRY IS YOUR
You play an
important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:
· Pray for
God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry
care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you
to bear your burdens alone
· Tell a
friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen
· If you are
a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming
a Stephen Minister
Living Waters is a registered Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one care and support through a difficult time. Stephen Ministers are trained and equipped lay people who provide this distinctly Christian care to individuals in the community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.