Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people.
Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Stephen Ministry Congregations equip and empower lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting and going through tough times like grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men and women with women.
Stephen Ministries Update:
Things are moving along with Stephen ministries. Interested people from our congregation met in January and ten are committed to be active members of this caregiving ministry! The Church Board has given their support to Stephen Ministries for Jacob’s Church and is sending two individuals, Jane Wessner and Cindy Kuhns, to be trained as Stephen Leaders the week of April 8th in St. Louis, Missouri. The leaders will then return to Jacob’s with the tools and expertise to train Stephen Ministers in Jacob’s Church from May to August. This intensive 50 hour training is required for each “minister” before he or she may give care to other members of our congregation. It is our hope that by September the training will be complete, and members of Jacob’s can receive care from our Stephen Ministers by September. Following are examples of support provided by Stephen Ministers to those going through crisis:
- Emotional care
- Spiritual care
- Visit regularly
Please note that Pastor Shay is still the primary, caregiving minister at Jacob’s. The Stephen Ministries does not replace a pastor’s care, it complements and expands the pastor’s care; it helps makes his schedule manageable.