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To request a Stephen Minister, please contact email@example.com or call the church office.
You can also contact Aggie Payton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of Stephen Ministry
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care as first-responders, but there are normally many more on-going care needs than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution; this international program equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian, confidential, one-on-one care to others experiencing life crises or difficulties.
Stephen Ministers serving in this church-commissioned role are members of CommPres, are carefully selected, and received 50+ hours of training. They attend to their care-receivers through effective listening skills, prayer, and encouragement — all within a safe, confidential environment. The names of care-receivers are never mentioned. Ministers generally meet with care-receivers about an hour a week, for as long as there is a need. They also meet twice monthly for supervision, support and continuing education. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to the program.
Potential Care-Receivers Are People Who Are . . .
- struggling with parenting
- grieving the loss of a loved one
- separated or in the process of divorce
- terminally ill, and their families
- experiencing job loss or financial setbacks
- experiencing crisis situations
- facing legal difficulties
- struggling with their faith
- separated from family
- recovering substance abusers
- experiencing hurt from abuse
- adjusting to a life-changing situation: retirement, stay-at-home mom, new parent, empty nester, college graduate, etc.
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
- Explore feelings
- Share Christ’s love
- Maintain confidentiality
- Attend to the care-giving process and leave the results to God
- Walk with people who are journeying to wholeness
- Serve in this ministry of presence and companionship
Stephen Ministers do not “fix” their care-receivers. Rather, they are committed Christ-Followers who provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. Stephen Ministers are the Care-Givers and Christ is the Cure-Giver.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call the church office.
Do you like to sing? Do you have a desire to lead in worship? Follow God’s calling to serve Him and emulate the fruits of the Spirit.
Weekly practice is on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Questions? Contact Gregory Schroeder, Choir Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come sing with us!
Come ring with us! Prior musical experience is not required.
For more information about weekly practice, contact William Murphy at email@example.com.
-This class is seasonal. Stay tuned for announcements when the next series will begin.
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What is FPU?
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
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The class packet is $95.00 per family and is required for the course.
For more information and to register, contact Michele Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00 AM in Expansion for a delicious breakfast and an inspiring guest speaker.
Food services begins at 8:00 AM in the Expansion. Bring a friend along with your appetite for food and fellowship!
For information or to schedule an appointment, contact:
Certified Spiritual Director
Soul Care Ministry Team Leader