Welcome to our newly commissioned Stephen Ministers!
These gifted people will follow in Jesus’ footsteps by helping our congregation provide the gift of caring ministry to those who are going through a variety of life difficulties.
We celebrated their completion of their training for this ministry and thanked God for their generous response to his call, keeping the success of their ministry in our prayers during our services this past weekend, November 14-15, 2020.
Carry each other’s burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Resurrection Lutheran Church has been supporting Stephen Ministry for over 20 years! It is a vital ministry here at RLC.
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.
For more information about Stephen Ministry, click HERE.
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! Please prayerfully consider if you might be called to become a Stephen Minister.
If you are aware of someone that may need a Stephen Minister, please contact Mel Tolliver.
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