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.

 

Stephen Ministry at McLean Bible Church from Stephen Ministries on Vimeo.

 

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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