In John 10:10 Jesus tells us “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full." What a wonderful promise He gives us in this verse. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to experience the life He promises. It can be hard to feel God’s loving presence. The loss of a loved one, divorce, unemployment, family conflict, chronic health issues, and so many other trials can make this “Life” seem an impossible and distant dream. During these times we can feel isolated and alone. We may think that no one understands what we are going through, let alone truly cares about our struggles. Thankfully there are people that God can use to help us turn back to the life we hear about in John 10:10. You might go to a Pastor, a counselor, or a professional of some type. Another alternative is someone God has gifted with the ability to listen unconditionally, confidentially and with compassion. Maybe you need someone with the spirit of encouragement who will pray with and for you. Stephen ministers have received specialized training, support, and access to resources in the community. They are people Christ can use to help you rediscover the Life He promises.
What is Stephen Ministry?
GLCC's Stephen Ministry equips lay men and women to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Each Stephen Minister undergoes an intensive training program participating in fifty hours of initial training, covering such skills as listening, dealing with feelings, and facing grief.
During their 2-year term of service, Stephen Ministers undergo bi-monthly continuing education and peer supervision. Interested participants complete an application and interview process prior to training. Stephen Ministers are available to assist individuals going through times of crisis or transition. They assist both the church body & the community.
A Stephen Minister is....
A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
A person who can help someone discover how to choose the life available through Christ.
A person with gifts for caregiving, who is 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, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for as long as there's a need.
Is committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.
Someone who is willing to serve for at least two years.
Someone who receives continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.
"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
There are times when....each of us needs Christ’s care expressed through another person, a Christian friend, a STEPHEN MINISTER! These needs include but are not limited to...
a terminal illness
loneliness or discouragement
unemployment or a job crisis
divorce or separation
birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
recovery from an accident
and many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.
Click here to watch a video on what a Stephen Minister is.
For more information, please send our Stephen Ministry Leadership Team a message.
"Love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34
Christ Caring for People Through People