Stephen Ministry

If you are currently facing a crisis or life challenge or know someone who is, please prayerfully consider asking for a Stephen Minister.

THE STEPHEN MINISTRY LOGO depicts a broken person behind the cross symbolizing that we are all broken people. The person in front of the cross shows that it is only through the cross of Jesus that we can be made whole.

STEPHEN MINISTRY is Christ caring for people through people. It is a one-to-one ministry to care for members of Immanuel during difficult times in their lives. Stephen Ministers are trained to be Care Givers, always remembering that God is the Cure Giver.

STEPHEN MINISTERS are lay people in the congregation who receive 50 hours of TRAINING to prepare them for Christian caregiving. The mission of Stephen Ministry training is based on Ephesians 4:12-13 " . . . to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ . . . "

A STEPHEN MINISTER is a Care Giver who is assigned to one Care Receiver to meet for about one hour per week for as long as the Care Receiver has a need for the ministry. The Care Receiver is a fellow member who has requested a Stephen Minister's care. All Stephen Ministry assignments and caring relationships are strictly confidential.

CARE RECEIVERS are fellow members who are facing a crisis or life challenge that makes it difficult to "carry their own load" each day. This includes members who are grieving the death of a loved one, terminally ill, caring for a loved one, separated, divorced, unemployed, hospitalized, homebound, lonely, discouraged or experiencing spiritual struggles. Stephen Ministers are instruments of Christ's love as they "carry each other's burdens" (Galatians 6:2) by listening, caring and praying with their Care Receiver.

IF YOU are currently facing a crisis or life challenge or know someone who is, please prayerfully consider asking for a Stephen Minister. Call the church office (636-946-2656) for more information.

"As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them . . . " Luke 24:15