|The Stephen Ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Church|
The purpose of the Stephen Ministry is to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS
The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/april-9-2010/stephen-ministries/6044/ View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you’ll also find several bonus features–including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries’ founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.
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We encourage you to forward this e-mail to your pastors, Stephen Leaders, and Stephen Ministers so they can share the video link with family, friends, coworkers, and others to tell them about the exciting ministry they are involved in.
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 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
Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
► Loss of a love one
► Divorce or separation
► Loneliness or discouragement
► Spiritual crisis
► Unemployment or a job crisis
► A terminal illness
► Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
► A chronic illness
► Recovery after an accident or disaster
► And many more
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
Visit the web site of our national Stephen Ministry at www.stephenministries.org