St. John’s Stephen Ministry has offered care and support to people in need for more than sixteen years. We are looking for men and women who are willing to answer Jesus’ call to serve as Stephen Ministers. Training for this ministry will begin this September and be led by St. John’s Stephen Leaders. The 50 hours of instruction include a variety of topics such as listening, Christian assertiveness, maintaining boundaries in caregiving, and dealing with grief. At the end of the training, Stephen Ministers will be equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life. Stephen Ministers are commissioned and commit to at least two years for training, service, and regular supervision. Many Stephen Ministers enjoy their ministry so much that they choose to serve beyond the two years. While being a Stephen Minister requires commitment of time and effort, it also bring joy and fulfillment. It may be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever embrace. In addition, you will use the skills you learn not only in your caring ministry, but also in your everyday rela- tionships with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Think and pray about this opportunity. If you decide you would like to be a Stephen Minister, please join us for an informational luncheon at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, June 17 in the AMR. Applications are available in the church office or from Pastor Pam or Cindy Koonce (Stephen Leader Team Coordinator.) We are excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of those who un- dertake this ministry and in the lives of those who will receive care from our Stephen Minis- ters.
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