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Stephen Ministry

You can  several stories about Stephen Ministry, at

A Stephen Minister is:
・A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
・A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
・A lay person who has received 50 hrs of training in providing emotion & spiritual care
・A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, & encourages
・Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there's a need

Stephen Ministry is a way congregations can provide high-quality care and outreach to hurting people in the congregation and community.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care. Each Stephen Minister is matched with a hurting person?men are paired with men, women with women?and meets weekly with that person to listen, care, pray, and encourage.

Stephen Ministers care for those dealing with grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, financial struggles, loneliness, convalescence, terminal illness, and many other life difficulties.

Written by a man who received care from a Stephen Minister at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach, Manitoba, this story originally appeared in the May 2010 issue of Emmanuel Living, the congregation?s newsletter. Reprinted by Stephen Ministries St. Louis with permission.

If you find yourself now or in the future facing difficulties in life, don't succumb to society's norm of remaining strong and suffering alone. Take the courageous step of seeking help. Open your heart to receiving God's love and grace through another person. Our Stephen Ministry offers the opportunity for a very confidential relationship with someone who will listen to you and provide you with the care and encouragement you need, while Christ works inside to bring rest to your weary, burdened heart.

For more information on Stephen Ministry, please contact the church office.