by Chuck Hetzler
By the leading of God’s Spirit, we are beginning a great ministry that will deepen and expand the person-to-person caregiving capacity of our congregation: Stephen Ministry!
Stephen Ministry is a way for our congregation to train and mobilize members to provide Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing many different kinds of life difficulties, including grief, divorce, cancer, unemployment, a spiritual crisis, infertility, and other challenges.
Here are some steps that you can take as we begin this journey together:
- Give thanks to God for the life-transforming ministry ahead of us.
- Watch a couple of three-minute video at ww.stephenministries.org/stories to learn more about the difference this caring ministry makes in people’s lives.
- Give thanks to God for those whom the Spirit has moved to become our first Stephen Leaders: Clairice Hetzler and Mike Hulsen. Pray for them as they begin this new program.
- Pray for the Spirit to raise up men and women who will become our first Stephen Ministers. Prayerfully consider whether God might be calling you to this ministry.
In the days and weeks to come, you will be hearing much more about Stephen Ministry from me and other congregation leaders. If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry, what Stephen Ministers do, or how you could be involved with Stephen Ministry, please see me, Mike Hulsen or Clairice Hetzler.
As we begin this ministry, we believe that God will be at work through it. May Paul’s words in Ephesians 3:20 capture our excitement, our hopes, and our dreams for Stephen Ministry:
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Thank you for your partnership in our mission to love God and love others in Jesus’ name.