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April 1, 2018: Tim’s reMarks

April 1, 2018

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry“Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (CEB)

“Life is hard…” – John Wayne. I won’t include the end of that quote, but even “the Duke” recognized that it can be difficult to navigate the circumstances of life.

Along with a few members of Calvary, I recently attended a Stephen Ministries Introductory Workshop. I have been looking for a system of congregational care that would expand the caring ministries of Calvary.

I was impressed with the quality of the workshop and convinced of our need for this or a similar ministry. Here are just a few of the needs for care we learned Stephen Ministers can meet:

  • Those grieving the loss of a loved one
  • New community members who are experiencing transition difficulties
  • People recovering at home or in a rehabilitation facility after an illness or injury
  • People affected by natural disasters, accidents, or violence
  • People preparing to retire, who have recently retired, or who have been forced
    to retire early

What is Stephen Ministry?

A one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series System. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers — called Stephen Ministers — to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

The Blessings of Stephen Ministry

Congregations receive a practical way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love each another just as I have loved you” (John 15:12b, CEB). Laypeople nurture their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others. People who are hurting have a compassionate companion — a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.

We will share more about Stephen Ministry in the coming weeks as we schedule information sessions in April and May. Stephen Ministry requires a significant investment of resources and time on the part of Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers and the congregation. This brief introduction is from the material distributed at the workshop. You can learn more by visiting www.stephenministries.org.

Pastor Tim Signature

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?