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Stephen Ministry at Community United Methodist Church

The purpose of the Community United Methodist Church Stephen Ministry is to provide ongoing one-on-one Christian care to all in need within our congregation and Elm Grove, Brookfield and the larger community. To learn about Stephen Ministries worldwide visit: http://www.stephenministries.org

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Based on the story found in Acts 6.1-6, seven laypersons were trained and blessed by the disciples to carry on the care ministry in the early church.  In similar ways, Stephen Ministers augment pastoral care in a congregation.  Stephen Ministers, after training, will be able to respond to:

  1. People who are hospitalized
  2. Those who are grieving
  3. Those suffering loneliness or discouragement
  4. The divorced or separated
  5. Those who are affected by death
  6. Unemployed persons
  7. People who are homebound or institutionalized
  8. Those dealing with moving and the losses/challenges of relocation
  9. Parents grappling with loss when children leave home
  10. Those convalescing or rehabilitating
  11. New parents
  12. Single parents
  13. Victims of natural or human-caused disaster
  14. Those in spiritual crisis
  15. Many other circumstances that we may find ourselves facing

 

A STEPHEN MINISTER IS…….

· A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting

· A congregation member with the gifts of caregiving, who

was carefully selected to serve in this role

· A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in

providing emotional and spiritual care

· A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays,

supports, and 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

 

WE’RE  READY, THIS IS YOUR MINISTRY…….

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:

PRAY

ACCEPT CARE

TELL A FRIEND

CONSIDER BECOMING a Stephen Minister

For more information call Don Down (262-821-1403) or the church at 262-782-4060.