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NEW DAYTIME OPTION FOR STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING
If interest is great enough, we hope to expand our Stephen Ministry program by adding a DAYTIME group in addition to our established MONDAY NIGHT group. Stephen Leaders will soon begin interviewing candidates to be trained as new Stephen Ministers. Training sessions meet weekly for 2.5 hours each. After that, we meet twice each month for Continuing Education and Supervision in small groups for 2 hours. All training materials are provided free of charge.
Stephen Ministers volunteer to work alongside our pastors to care for people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. Trainees receive 50 hours of specialized training in Christian caregiving and participate in a team of active Stephen Ministers to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a crisis. We meet weekly with our care receiver for around an hour to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for them. 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. Sign up at the Small Group table in the Narthex, and be sure to indicate which group you are interested in. If you prefer a DAYTIME option, please let us know which days work best for you. For more information, contact Bill Pelham (303) 466-5996 - firstname.lastname@example.org, or Judy McGoogan (303) 325-7862 - email@example.com, or Pastor Thomas Cross - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been considering becoming a Stephen Minister, God is holding a spot for you! Realizing we must proceed in “God’s Time”, we have postponed our next Training Class until early next year.
Stephen Ministers commit to serve faithfully for a period of two years. This includes:
- the initial 50 hours of training;
- regular visits to your care receiver (usually weekly); and
- twice-monthly Small Group Peer Supervision meetings.
Our Stephen Ministry Training Class meets from 6:30-9pm on Mondays and from 8:30am-noon on one Saturday. You can see videos about the program and the difference it has made in people's lives at: www.stephenministries.org.
For more information, contact: Bill Pelham - Training Coordinator at (303) 466-5996 - email@example.com or Pastor Thomas Cross - (720) 880-5221 at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are praying that God will lead us to find the right people for this ministry. God is waiting to work through YOU to make a difference in hurting people’s lives.