Broomfield United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This fall, Stephen Leaders will begin interviewing candidates to be trained as new Stephen Ministers. Classes begin October 27, 2014 and run through March 9, 2015 in Room 201, with commissioning activities on March 14 and 15, 2015. Training is every Monday night from 6:30-9pm. After that, we meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights of each month for Continuing Education and Supervision in small groups from 7-9pm. All training materials are provided free of charge.
 

Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. Trainees will receive 50 hours of specialized training in Christian caregiving and join a team of 22 active Stephen Ministers serving our community to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a crisis. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for around an hour to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for the person. Caring relationships last for as long as the person’s need persists.

 

If you have gifts for caring, encouragement and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry. For more information, contact Bill Pelham at 303-466-5996 or williampelham@msn.com, Judy McGoogan at 303-325-7862 or jmcgoogan@yahoo.com, or Pastor Thomas Cross at thomas.cross@broomfieldumc.org or 720-880-5221

 
 
Encourage one another and build each other up.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

 
Stephen Ministers are trained volunteers who work alongside our pastors to offer emotional and spiritual support to people during such times as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or loneliness. Anyone can request a Stephen Minister at any time, simply by calling the church office (303-466-1719) to arrange for a confidential interview.
 
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Click here to read an interview with Dr. John Ortberg, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a Stephen Ministry congregation


 

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • A caring Christian who reallylistens
  • Someone who has had 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care
  • A committed person who is ready to focus on another person’s needs
  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything he or she hears confidential
  • A faithful person who meets with a Care Receiver for as long as the need persists
  • A caregiver who is cared for by peers in twice-monthly Supervision meetings
A Stephen Minister is NOT:
  • A counselor or therapist
  • A problem-solver
  • Someone who runs errands or helps with chores
  • A casual visitor
Ministry Opportunities: Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training to prepare them to employ the tools of faith. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement and listening, and you think you might be interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the church for more information, or visit the Stephen Ministries website to learn more. Fall classes begin in August.
   
Click here for the Top Ten Reasons YOU should consider becoming a Stephen Minister!