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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Contact Stephen Ministry Leaders:

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

What is Stephen Ministry?
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.

How does it work?
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.

Can you help?
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.

 

How does a Stephen Minister help?

Stephen Ministers are not:
• Counselors or therapists
• Ordained pastors
• Problem fixers

Stephen Ministers are:
• Good listeners
• Non-judgmental
• Confidential
• Dependable Christian friends

With a Stephen Minister’s help you can:
• Learn positive attitudes, healthy expectations, and a realistic self-image
• Develop stronger ties with a community of caring Christians
• Understand the role of suffering in life
• Accept and give forgiveness and grace
• Start or strengthen relationship with God, in faith

What a Stephen Minister will do:
• Visit with you on a regular basis (usually for an hour each week)
• Listen to you
• Offer referrals if needed
• Pray with you
• Offer Christian support for as long as you feel you need it

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry
Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private. Consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with you on your path to wholeness.

Request a Stephen Minister
Email Rev. Scott Simpson; Scotts@fpcsat.org or call 210-226-0215 ext 212

Considering whether to serve in Stephen Ministry?

“Your presence is worth much, much more than words. Your presence communicates to the other that he or she is valued, precious and beloved. Your presence brings not only the gift of yourself into the relationship, but also, in and through you, the gift of God.” -Kenneth Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministries

When training takes place:
Under the leadership of Pastor Scott Simpson, Stephen Ministry training takes place on a regular basis.
The next training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Room #300 room every Tuesday for 20 weeks (ending in March).

How long it will it take to become prepared:
If you feel called to this caring ministry, preparation takes 20 weeks (50 hours of instruction) and every minute is worth the effort. Recordings of our training will be available for make up sessions.

Topics include:
• Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours
• Listening: the art and the practice
• Process versus Results
• Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly
• Maintaining Boundaries
• Crisis Theory and Practice
• Confidentiality
• Experiencing Grief
• Dealing with Depression

How to apply for the Stephen Minister Course:
Email Rev. Scott Simpson at Scotts@fpcsat.org

Click to read the Stephen Ministry Letter from Rev. Scott Simpson

July 26, 2017

 

Dear Covenant Partners of First Presbyterian Church,

 

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, after completing 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training, Harold Black and Mary Fruge-Medford were commissioned as Stephen Ministers and are ready to serve the membership of First Presbyterian Church.  We celebrate with Mary and Harold on achieving this accomplishment!

Mary and Harold will join other active FPC Stephen Ministers and begin caring for people in our congregation who are in need of care.  Effective immediately, Stephen Ministers will contact people in our congregation and initiate a visit on their own much like the pastoral staff does.  This change from referring a Stephen Minister to a covenant partner in need will enable the Stephen Minister to better utilize their training effectively and a result, a wider number of people in the congregation will receive excellent one to one care.

On Sunday, September 10, an informational meeting will be held in the St. Andrew’s room from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. for covenant partners who are interested in serving as Stephen Ministers at First Presbyterian Church.  At this meeting you will learn more about Stephen Ministry, find out when the next training class begins, and discover if God is calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister.  I hope to see you there!

I am excited to see how the Holy Spirit is moving in the lives of those people who answer this call to ministry and in the lives of those who will receive care from our Stephen Ministers.

 

Together in Christ,

 

Rev. Scott Simpson

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