St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 23, 2014
To know and follow Christ, and to help others know and follow Christ

Stephen Ministry

 

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:36-38, NRSV
 
Throughout the Bible, God tells us to love and care for each other. Christians have that desire but may not feel “qualified” or comfortable in knowing what to say to someone who is hurting.  With God’s help and the Stephen Ministry training, you will begin to welcome the opportunity to journey with a person in need.  You will realize that we can (and must!) greatly extend the caring ministry provided by our pastors.

Our caregiving is not intended to “fix” people; that is God’s work.  By partnering with Him, we can be the caregiver, knowing He is the curer.

After the required 50 hours of training, each Stephen Minister is ready to walk with someone who is going through a difficult time, whatever it may be. The Stephen Minister will provide comfort and support, for as long as needed. No cost is involved.

Stephen Ministers represent all walks of life. There are no special occupational skills or experiences required.  If you are capable physically (for weekly visits), emotionally and spiritually, age need not be a factor. Ages of Stephen Ministers range from age 18 (minimum) to over age 90.

If you believe God has given you the gifts of being (1) a good listener (2) compassionate and (3) able to keep information confidential, we pray that you will feel His nudge to become a Stephen Minister.