People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People.
Stephen Ministers are there:
. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
. . . after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
. . . after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
. . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
. . . after your family and friends have heard your story
one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
Stephen Ministers are the After People. They are ready to come alongside you—or
your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support
for as long after as needed.
To learn more about the Stephen Ministry contact Jeri Stimson, Pastor Wise or Gail Morgan.
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?
What are the gifts the Lord has given you? Each of us has many.
- Are you a compassionate person?
- Are you a good listener?
- Do you empathize with other’s feelings?
- Can you sit with a friend when that is what is needed?
- Do you hear a calling to serve others?
If any of these gifts are ones that you have, you might consider becoming a Stephen Minister. Our church needs more Stephen Ministers to serve the needs of our congregation. If you are interested in finding out more, please talk to Jeri Stimson, Pastor Wise or Gail Morgan. We would be happy to give you more details about what it means to be a Stephen Minister and the rewards it affords.