Care Ministry

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.

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Stephen Ministry

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.

Receiving Training...

  • 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 hospitalized

  • 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.