Care

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Contact Stephen Ministry Leaders:

Rev. Scott Simpson : scotts@fpcsat.org – 210-271-2712

Stephen Ministry is a non-denominational Christian ministry, the keystone being our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It takes its name from the first Christian martyr, Stephen, who was stoned to death because he took up the Great Commission of Christ to spread the Gospel.

Stephen Ministry has been a vital part of our congregational service for several years. A volunteer caregiver is assigned to a congregation member who has sought support from the church family for such varied needs as ongoing companionship and friendship, prayer when dealing with ill-health, or challenging family relationships such as the death of a loved one or divorce.

Stephen ministers serve on a gender basis, women ministers caring for women, men ministers caring for men. The ministry is confidential – the names of care receivers are never made public, and Stephen ministers are not charged with solving problems – they listen, they befriend, they support, and they are knowledgeable about resources that may be available to the care receiver. A Stephen minister normally meets with her or his care receiver once a week.

The Stephen Leaders at First Presbyterian Church invite all those in the church interested in becoming servants for Christ as Stephen ministers to prayerfully consider this call to service. It could be one of the most significant calls you ever made to serve the Gospel of Christ.

September 26, 2016

Dear Member of First Presbyterian Church:

On Sunday, October 23 an informational meeting will be held in St. Andrew’s room from 12:15-12:45 p.m. for members who are interested in serving as Stephen Ministers at First Presbyterian Church.  Stephen Ministry is a lay caring ministry developed by Stephen Ministries in St. Louis.  Congregations all over the world have implemented Stephen Ministries to care for their members.  At this informational meeting, you will have an opportunity to learn more about Stephen Ministry and discover if God is calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister.

Men and women of our congregation, who are willing to answer Jesus’ call to serve as Stephen Ministers, will attend a 50 hour training course beginning on Tuesday, November 1 at First Presbyterian Church.  Some of the areas covered in the training include: listening effectively, dealing with feelings, confidentiality, Christian assertiveness, and other areas.  The training is distinctively Christian and focuses on God as the one who cures as we care.

When the Stephen Ministers have completed their training, they will be commissioned and ready to begin their ministry.  Working under supervision, these Stephen Ministers will be available to meet weekly with persons experiencing such problems as these, and many more.

  • Bereavement      Terminal illness
  • Single parenting      Long-term hospitalization
  • Job loss                        Natural disasters

Stephen Ministers commit to at least two years for training, service, and regular supervision.  Many Stephen Ministers enjoy their ministry so much that they choose to serve beyond the two years.

While being a Stephen Minister requires commitment of time and effort, it also brings joy and fulfillment.  It may be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever embrace.  In addition, you use the skills you learn not only in your caring ministry, but also in your everyday relationships with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  Think and pray about this opportunity.  If you decide you would like to be a Stephen Minister, please contact me right away and we can talk about how you can get started.  If we agree that you would be well-suited to be a Stephen Minister, you will then begin training for this exciting ministry on Tuesday, November 1 2016.

I am excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of those who undertake this ministry and in the lives of those who will receive care from our Stephen Ministers.

Blessings,

Rev. Scott Simpson

 

P.S.          You will also grow spiritually when you serve as a Stephen Minister. When God calls you to service, he also gives you the faith and gifts you need to do his will.

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