FUMC has an active Stephen Ministry Program once again. Our ministers are meeting with care receivers and good work has begun. We continue to offer our thanksgiving for the dedication of the caring members of our church and the trust those in need of care have placed in our ministers and our Program.
The Stephen Series is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation.
The Stephen Series provides congregations with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a complete system for lay caring ministry (called Stephen Ministry) in the congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.
Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry?
Care Receivers who:
• Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
• Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
• Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
• Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis, when many others have forgotten about them
• Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God's unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister
Care Givers who:
• Discover, cultivate, and use the spiritual gifts they have been blessed with
• See themselves as active partners in the mission and ministry of the church
• Find all aspects of their lives enriched by the distinctively Christian caregiving skills they learn and practice
• Experience great joy as they see God working through them to bring hope and healing to a hurting person
• Grow spiritually as they experience the Lord's loving presence in community with other Christian caregivers
The Congregation, which:
• Discovers that many members want to be involved in meaningful ministry and will respond to the call to become a Stephen Minister or Stephen Leader
• Becomes a more loving community that is more sensitive and responsive to people's needs for care
• Is able to provide more quality Christian care, so that fewer people slip through the cracks
• Is able to reach out to the unchurched who are hurting and introduce them to the healing love of Jesus in their time of need
• Sees itself as not only being served by the pastor, but as a caring body of believers actively involved in serving one another in love
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Our need for ministers is an on-going one and we will be beginning a new training class this fall. September 26, 2010 is the date to remember if you would like to learn about what a minister does, what the training entails and what your commitment would be to the church if you decide to be trained. We will be meeting for an informational session at 11:20 a.m. in the parlor on this day. Please join us.
If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry or the informational session, please call Rev. Judith Bither or Evelyn Grupe (747-7230).