“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
What is Stephen Ministry?
Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
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 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 Ministries care for people facing tough times
We all experience challenges in life- times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. 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 loved one
Divorce and separation
Loneliness or discouragement
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
A Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
Stephen Ministry is your Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
1) Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through Stephen Ministry.
2) Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
3) Tell a friend, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
4) If you are a good listener and compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister or Leader.
If you have any questions regarding the Stephen Ministry at West Bowles Church, please EMAIL US or call Ryan Long at 303-884-9501 or, Beverleyann Gould at 720-524-6047.