Trinity Lutheran Church
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?    Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry!
Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
“Bear one another’s burden, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”  Galatians 6:2
YOU play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. 
Here’s what YOU can do:
PRAY for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry
ACCEPT CARE from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
TELL A FRIEND, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
“Therefore, encourage one another and build up each other.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11
Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.
Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution – equipping God’s people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide.

“To equip the saints, for the work of ministry”  Ephesians 4:12
Stephen Ministry 
• Care Receivers - Offers one-to-one caring and confidential relationships to those who are hurting from life issues.
• Care Givers -Opportunities to learn to provide confidential, coordinated, care. Extensive study, 2 year commitment. For more information, contact Carol Schumacher at 586.725.5330, or Stephen Ministry on the web. 

Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS
The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations. 
View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you'll also find several bonus features--including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries' founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.

Here is an interview about the personal and spiritual growth that Dr. Ortberg has seen happening through Stephen Ministry.  Click here.