What is Stephen Ministries?

The Stephen Series is a system of training and organizing lay persons for caring ministry in and around their congregations. The goals of this inter-denominational series include:

  • Increase significantly the number of congregational members involved in ongoing, caring ministry.
  • Give pastors renewed joy and fulfillment as they equip others and so extend the reach of their own ministries.
  • Enable the congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community as the contagious caring of Stephen ministers expands to touch more and more lives.
  • People who receive ministry from lay persons:
    • receive quality Christian care,
    • deepen their relationship with their Lord,
    • increase involvement in their congregations,
    • willingly accept and value ministry from another lay person
  • Stephen Ministers apply caring skills to other important relationships and discover that their whole lives are enriched.
  • Pastor, church staff, and lay people form a strong and supportive ministry team to bring God's care to others.

If you are aware of someone that may need a Stephen Minister please contact:

 

1. Cheryl Bipes - (919) 271-0991
2. Bruce Kennedy - (516) 359-0275

 

Resurrection has had a Stephen Series program for over ten years. At Resurrection, there are trained Stephen Leaders. Stephen Leaders attend a seven-day Leader's Training Course and return to their congregation to implement the Stephen Series. A Stephen Leader can also be a Stephen Minister.

 

Currently, there are over 20 active Stephen Ministers at Resurrection. Stephen Ministers are usually lay people whom Stephen Leaders train and are commissioned to provide one-to-one care. They receive an initial 50 hours of training and they meet monthly within a Supervision Group for support and continuing education. Stephen Ministers are able to have a care receiver after finishing the classes.

 

The Stephen Series equips lay people to provide effective caring ministry to:

the hospitalized the aging and elderly
the teminally ill and their families those with disabilities and their families
people who are homebound the separated or divorced
those with a job crisis the lonely
the inactive in your congregation household experiencing birth or adoption
loss of loved one those facing life transitions
new member in your church or community in crisis

 

Stephen Ministers assigned to a caring relationship have contact with their care receiver on a regular basis. This normally means weekly.

 

Over the years, there have been many caring relationships at Resurrection. Some of these relationships provided the following testimonials:

The following testimony was made after attending the Stephen Ministry training:

As Resurrection continues to grow, the need for additional Stephen Ministers is also growing. A new Stephen Minister class usually starts every January. If anyone is interested in attending a Stephem Ministry class, please contact:

 

1. Jan Boyer - (919) 796-7511
2. Sue Breitsprecher - (919) 628-7100

 

Stephen Minister Application should be filled out and returned to one of the above contacts.

 

More information can be obtained about the Stephen Ministry by:

  • Contacting one of the Stephen Leaders or Ministers at Resurrection -->Stephen Leaders at RLC
  • St. Louis Stephen Ministry Web Site
  • Reviewing the Stephen Ministry bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall at RLC
  • A Stephen Ministry brochure in the Narthex
  • Pew insert in the Sanctuary

As Resurrection continues to grow with its expanding youth, educational, and music programs, we need to continue to remind ourselves of John 13: 34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Stephen Series is one proven method to help our congregation focus on the joys of Christain Care Giving.