Carry each other’s burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2


Resurrection Lutheran Church has been supporting Stephen Ministry for over 20 years! It is a vital ministry here at RLC.

 

Christian Caregiving Class

Have you ever had a friend or neighbor who was hurting spiritually or emotionally? Have you ever wanted to share, with another person, the love and caring you may have received from fellow Christians? Have you ever known someone who was being consumed by guilt and needed the freedom that God’s forgiveness brings? Have we got the course for you!

RLC will be offering a 6-week course based on the book, Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life, by Kenneth Haugk, pastor and clinical psychologist who is the founder of the Stephen Series (Stephen Ministry). This course will help you discover ways to become a distinctively Christian caregiver.

Beginning on Sunday, November 7, the class will meet in Room 251, Family Life Center, at 9:30 am during the Sunday school hour for 6 weeks. No class held on November 28 and December 12.

Contact Sue Campau, Jan Boyer, Pastor Alan Shaw, or the church office ( , 919-851-7248) to sign up and make arrangements to receive a copy of the book.

 

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Congregations equip and empower lay caregivers, Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

To learn more: What Is Stephen Ministry? (stephenministries.org).

Stephen Ministry at Resurrection

Resurrection has had a Stephen Series program for many years. 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.

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

 

To keep this ministry vital requires support from everyone! Prayerfully consider if you might be called to become a Stephen Minister. Feel free to speak to Sue Campau, Jan Boyer, Ron Bostick, or the Pastors with any questions.

Also, if you are aware of someone that may need a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Alan Shaw at .

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
 
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God
.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4