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Stephen Ministry

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.

For more information regarding Stephen Ministry: http://www.stephenministries.org/

Watch videos from Care Receivers: http://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/1597

If you are interested in receiving care, or know someone who could benefit from this ministry, please launch the form below (bottom of the page) to request a Stephen Minister. You can also contact a Pastor or the Church Office at 402-331-7376.

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, care, 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 is a need.
  • Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

    Stephen Ministers provide emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual Crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
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