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The Stephen Ministry

Caring ministry at First Christian Church will be expanding soon as nine members of the congregation are set to begin Stephen Ministry training on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  At the completion of their training in June, the nine will be commissioned as Stephen Ministers.  They will then begin providing one-to-one care to individuals experiencing difficulties in life. 
 
Stephen Ministry training combines sound theological principles with contemporary psychology.  The training is top-notch.  The skills our Stephen Ministers will learn and practice will prepare them to provide a very high level of Christian care-giving.  The training is intense because it explores some serious life issues, but it is also a growth-producing and enjoyable experience.
 
The 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training is broken down into twenty 2 ½-hour sessions that will be held at the church on Tuesday evenings plus two weekend “retreats.”  Among the training topics are:

  •          Feelings: Your, Mine, and Ours
  •          The Art of Listening
  •          Distinctively Christian Caring
  •          Assertiveness:  Relating Gently and Firmly
  •          Maintaining Boundaries in Care-giving
  •          Confidentiality
  •          Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
  •          Caring for People Before, During, and After Hospitalization

 
One Stephen Minister in another congregation said, “Before becoming a Stephen Leader, I went through the Stephen Minister training myself.  I expected to learn a lot about care-giving, but I didn’t anticipate the personal and spiritual growth I experienced.  Looking back, perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the close Christian community formed with everyone in our training class.”  It sounds like our nine trainees are in for a really life-changing experience.
 
Members of this new training class are:

  •          Don Brunts
  •          Don Blanding
  •          Kristi Ribble
  •          Shelley Waugh
  •          Leslie Shaull
  •          Valerie Payne
  •          Kevin Treese
  •          Melissa Truel
  •          Sharon Fairless
  •          Paul Grubbs - trained previously at another church as a                Stephen Minister


More than half a million people have gone through Stephen Ministry training in more than 10,000 churches world-wide since the ministry began in 1975. 
 
We are definitely entering into something that I believe will bless our congregation as well as those being served by it.  Please lift up the training class in your prayers over the coming months and watch for regular training class updates in the newsletter and Sunday bulletin.
 

~ Pastor Shannon


 


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