Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ - Galatians 6:2
Stephen Ministers at St. Peter Lutheran Church are members who have completed a formal 50-hour training program to prepare them to listen to and comfort people in times of need. Stephen Ministry is a way for this congregation to provide sensitive, non-judgemental, care for whoever needs it. Our ministers strive to be loving and supportive, while maintaining strict confidentiality.
Stephen Ministry relationships are a one-to-one helping relationship focused on the unique needs of each person. Offering Stephen Ministry is one way our congregation lives out our commitments to caring for and supporting one another as we seek to bild a Christ-centered, sharing community.
The Name: The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need. (Acts 6)
The Stephen Series Logo: The logo Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person. The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives as a result of our sin. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole. The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God's unending love for us.
Stephen Ministers complement the primary role of our pastor in providing spiritual care. They are available as a helper (not a rescuer), a listener (not an advisor), and a friend (not a counselor). A Stephen Minister will walk beside you during the difficult times in life. While they serve as your caregivers, God is always the curegiver!
Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:
St. Peter recognize that all Christians are involved in caring for the sick and hurting. We thank God for all forms of Christian kindness and we join you in this response. The purpose of Stephen Ministry is to extend a trained, listening ear during times of need.
Are you going through a tough time in life? Would you benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister?
Or do you have a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative going through a difficult time? A Stephen Minister may be able to offer the support he or she needs. Stephen Ministers are members of our church trained to provide emotioinal and spiritual care to people who are hurting.
There are two primary ways to connect with a Stephen Minister.
You may prefer to discuss your desire for a Stephen Minister with the church office or directly with one of our Stephen Ministry leaders. After obtaining your permission, your name and number will be provided to a Stephen Ministry Leader, who will contact you, and, if appropriate, match you with a Stephen Minister.
Someone else may suggest that you would benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister. If someone feels a Stephen Minister is appropriate for you, you will be contacted before any Stephen Minister is assigned to you. Confidentiality is one of the core values of this ministry.
Stephen Ministers are lay members of our congregation who have gone through the 50-hour training provided by the Stephen Series, a complete system for training and organizing laypersons for caring ministry in and around their congregations.
A Stephen Minister is:
A follower of Jesus Christ who, through training has learned skills and developed his/her gifts in order to extend a supporting hand, bringing Christ's healing love to individuals in times of need.
A caring Christian who really listens
A member of our parish who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care
A person who is ready to focus on your needs
A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say—and even your identity—confidential
Someone who will faithfully meet with you on a weekly basis for as long as your need persists.
A Stephen Minister is not:
A counselor or therapist
Someone who runs errands to helps with chores
A casual visitor
Are you interested in serving as a Stephen Minister?
Is God calling you to be a part of this ministry? The Stephen Ministry training class is regularly offered. Check with the church office if you are interested in participating. Stephen Ministers also commit to being involved in ongoing monthly supervision meetings.
For more information about the Stephen Ministry program, visit the Stephen Ministries website.
Make me a servant, humble and meek. Lord, let me lift up those who are weak; And may the prayer in my heart always be; make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today.