Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)
What is Stephen Ministries?
Stephen Ministries is a ministry of bearing one another’s burdens. It offers a proven and effective way to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties by lay people. We strongly believe and promote God as the Cure-giver and the Stephen Minister as a Care-giver.
Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. They have 50 hours of training and are committed to being a Stephen Minister for at least two years. Trainees learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life. As care givers, they are paired one-to-one with a hurting person, and keep a high standard of confidentiality. Stephen Ministers participate in continuing education and supervision which helps them provide the best possible care for their care receivers.
Who can receive care from a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister may provide care for people going through grief, divorce, job loss, medical crisis, spiritual crisis, terminal illness, miscarriage, pregnancy, stress related to being a caregiver, aging, parenting challenges, job stress, unemployment, empty nest, relocation, natural disaster, adjusting to retirement, financial stress, and other life challenges. They are members of Faith Lutheran Church as well as our community. All services are free and confidential.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information on receiving care from a Stephen Minister, or to become a Stephen Minister, please call pastor, Betty (719-395-8216), or Connie (719-395-8386).
Faith Lutheran Church has an active Stephen Ministry program. For more information about Stephen Ministry see: What is Stephen Ministry?