From receiving unexpected news to lives being turned upside down, people facing trials of many kinds can quickly find themselves anxious, afraid, and alone. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Care Ministry, seeks to be the compassionate touch, the ears, shoulders, and feet of Christ for those who are who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers are members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran congregation who are trained to provide care to one person at a time, meeting once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Stephen Ministry is a One on One lay caring ministry which equips and empowers lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care
Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
Serve for at least two years
Receive continuing education and skill building
Meeting People's Needs...
The terminally ill and their families
People who move into and out of our community
Those grieving a death or serious loss the home-bound and institutionalized prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
Those with a job crisis the aging and elderly
Those with disabilities and their families
Those needing the support of a Christian friend
Those facing life transitions the separated or divorced
Households experiencing birth or adoption
Those in spiritual crisis
If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry, please contact Brenda Kessler or call Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Office.