Stephen Ministry, God’s Love in Action.

  What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and sometimes in our community who are experiencing challenges or difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister Is…

  • ·      A child of God who walks beside a person hurting.
  • ·      A congregation member which has been carefully screened & selected to serve in the role of Care Giver.
  • ·      A lay person who has received 50 hours of initial training in order to offer emotional & spiritual care. Further training is also continuous as required by Stephen Ministry, headquarters.
  • ·      A caring Christian, who listens, cares, prays, supports & encourages a Care Receiver.
  • ·      Someone who will “be there” for the Care Receiver, meeting faithfully, on a regular basis for as long as there’s a need.  

Stephen Ministers care for people…

 While we all face challenges in our lives from time to time, we could benefit from having a caring person that would be willing to listen to us during life’s most difficult times.  Stephen Ministers are trained & prepared to extend emotional & spiritual care when someone faces a crisis such as -

  • ·      Loss of a loved one
  • ·      Loss of a job
  • ·      Marriage break-up, divorce/separation
  • ·      Loneliness & discouragement
  • ·      Spiritual crisis
  • ·      Health care crisis
  • ·      Terminal Illness
  • ·      Incarceration
  • ·      Hospitalization
  • ·      Child birth or adoption
  • ·      Recovery after a disaster or accident
  • ·      Relocation
  • ·      Struggling with age-issues or aging parents
  • ·      Many more …

Stephen Ministers reach out with God’s love to people who are hurting, both congregation & within the community alike. It is a confidential ministry & those receiving care can be certain their identity & relationship with a Stephen Minister is kept confidential.

 

Michelle from Stephen Ministries on Vimeo.

 

Refusing to Give Up on Me from Stephen Ministries on Vimeo.

 

I Can Tell Him Anything from Stephen Ministries on Vimeo.

Connected with God in a Way I Never Felt Before from Stephen Ministries on Vimeo.

 

The PBS “Religion & Ethics” news show recently aired an eight minute feature video on Stephen Ministry that describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations. Click here to view.

 Could you benefit from the confidential, one to one Christian care & support of a Stephen Minister?

·      Do you know someone, a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative, who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? Please feel free to contact Carolyn Larkin in the church office at 918-299-0904 or carolyn@stbc.net

     Would you like to be trained as a Stephen Minister?

     Consider these testimonies of some of our Stephen Ministers-

Contact Carolyn Larkin in the church office at 918-299-0904 or carolyn@stbc.net

 

 

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Meet Janice Roeber

I first heard of Stephen Ministry at our church in 1999, and knew I would one day be a part of it. I had three very young sons, so the time wasn’t right. Ten years later, a new training class was forming, and God told me it was my time. I had waited a long time, and I was pretty excited. The training was very thorough and practical, yet fun. The topics covered have been applicable to all the relationships in my life; and have helped me to fine-tune my natural gifts of listening and compassion. Serving as a Stephen Minister, and now as a Stephen Leader, is one of the greatest honors and passions of my life. It gives me an avenue through which I can use my spiritual gifts and “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort I myself have received from God” (2 Cor. 1:4).

                One of the most meaningful experiences I have had as a Stephen Minister was witnessing God work in a powerful, tangible way in the life of my Care Receiver. It was a day when some of my own issues were surfacing and I wondered how I would be able to focus on her and give her the undivided attention she needed. I remember praying on the way to meet her that God would get me out of the way so He could work. And work He did. She and I saw God answer three very specific prayers in a matter of a couple of hours that afternoon. God showed us both something of Himself that day. I was there to minister to her, yet God ministered to me by affirming my own faith through these events. It is a true joy to have a front-row seat to watch God at work in the lives of others. ~Janis Roeber
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