Q & A with Your Stephen Ministry Leaders
October 21, 2019 | Ted Harvey
What is Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of SHBC are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation and community. This will multiple the amount of caring ministry SHBC can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life.
Why Lay Ministry? Stephen Ministry is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The responsibility for passing on God’s love is for all Christians, not just for a chosen few. God has given us all gifts to use. Stephen Ministry is a way people with special gifts for caring ministry can use those gifts to bring Christ’s love to people in need.
Why Stephen Ministry? We have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges. Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request or receive the level of care they really need. With only one pastor for a congregation of over 100 members, you can quickly see why it would be impossible for our pastor to meet every single need of every single person. Stephen Ministry expands the care SHBC can offer by equipping and organizing church members to provide Christian care. This gives us a larger pool of people with the gifts, skills, and calling to bring Christ’s love and care to those who most need it.
Please remember to mark on your calendar for November 3rd when we will have a Stephen Ministry Day at SHBC. You'll want to sign up for the information lunch we will have after Church on that day . Everyone is invited for a delicious Italian dinner.
Pastor Ted and Rey Green