Your presence brings not only the gift of yourself into the relationship, but also, in and through you, the gift of God.
-Kenneth Hougk, founder of Stephen Ministry in Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart
Stephen Ministers are lay people provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to people experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministers meet with people in and around our congregation.
A Stephen Minister (care giver) is paired with one other person (care receiver) and they meet as often as agreed upon: once a week, once a month, or anywhere in between.
Stephen Ministers are selected, trained, and supervised to provide effective Christian care. After an initial fifty hours of training, Stephen Ministers are matched with a person who has requested care. They meet once a week, once a month, or anywhere in between - usually for about an hour. Stephen Ministers also meet monthly for supervision, support, and continuing education.
Stephen Ministry is an important lay ministry of the church. As Lutherans, we believe that we are all called to ministry. Consider prayerfully whether this may be a ministry to which you are called. Are you called to help others?
If you feel God's call to learn more about this opportunity to become a Stephen Minister, or if you or a loved one needs a care giver, please contact Barb Schwartz at 624-9855 or Janice Olson at 624-3990.