New! Stephen Ministry
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN
Our new Stephen Ministry Team is looking for a few good men and women to serve as Stephen Ministers. Who is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is a Christian trained by their congregation to provide one-to-one care to hurting people, men with men and women with women. Those hurting people may have experienced loss from the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, illness, or a host of other painful experiences life brings to us all on occasion. The role of a Stephen Minister is to ensure that one of these people is not left all alone in their pain. Stephen Ministers are trained to show-up weekly, to ask questions that help someone share what they are feeling and experiencing and then to listen with the love of Jesus to those hurts that are shared.
Could God be calling you to be a Stephen Minister? On Sunday July 2 our congregation will commission Jenny Anderson, Janet Folkerts, and me to lead our new Stephen Ministry. While Stephen Ministry is new to Steamboat Rock Baptist Church, it has a long track record elsewhere. Since 1975 more than 650,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers. Our church would like to make that 12,001 congregations and 650,010 people trained. Our congregation endorsed a goal to train 10 people to be Stephen Ministers starting this year.
Jenny, Janet, and I attended Stephen Leader training in April and are looking and praying for men and women who are able and willing to be trained as Stephen Ministers. We will be leading the training which is planned to start the second week of September. The training will be 2 and ½ hours per week for 20 weeks. We will take time off for the holidays and should finish up in early February. This training will equip people who care with the knowledge and skills they need to come alongside someone who is hurting. Are you interested?
Jenny and Janet will be available at the welcome center in Main Street after both services on July 2 to answer questions. We will also have an opportunity for you to indicate your interest on the connection card in the bulletin for the Sundays in July. We will have an informational meeting on Sunday, August 6th during the Sunday School hour where you can receive more detailed information, have your questions answered, and pick up an application. The three of us are praying for God to move the right people into this training. This training isn’t for everyone, but we hope you will join us in seeking God’s leading on whether this training might be for you.