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                   STEPHEN MINISTRY

 

A Stephen Minister's task is to listen...

 ... when you are going through a difficult circumstance, such as, divorce, a death, a move, a job loss or a new job.

Our task is to listen, pray for you and help you know God loves you in the midst of your struggle.

Our task is NOT advice or fixing your issue. When you have a difficult circumstance allow us to walk along side you, confidentially, and encourage and love you.


        "Love one another ... as I have loved you." John 13:34
 
          
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        STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE SAYING ...
           ABOUT STEPHEN MINISTRY ST. LOUIS
         FROM PASTOR GEORGE
         Stephen Minister training:
              Begins January 2014
 
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SERVE IN THIS MINISTRY ...

Training
Begins Every January


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      Contact Stephen Ministry

 To speak with someone about Stephen Ministry, or about joining our care giving team, contact:

                                    
Connie Lannom
clannom@newsongsd.org
(909) 394-9488 ext.202


                 


             What is Stephen Ministry?
               
 Stephen Ministry equips NewSong's people to provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one care to those in our congregation or community who are going through a difficult time and in need of support.
                "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion." Colossians 3:12

 

                 Meeting the Needs of People

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person...a Christian friend...a Stephen Minister.  If you are dealing with any of the following challenges in your life, please contact us so that we can help:

"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."   Galatians 6:2


Stephen Ministry Multiplies Our Christian Care Giving And Outreach

Our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastors to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can by themselves. People who receive care from a Stephen Minister:


Stephen Ministry enhances NewSong's outreach by …

"Encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11


How You Can Support NewSong’s Stephen Ministry

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Ask for a Stephen Minister

Will my conversations be confidential?

Confidentiality is a core value of Stephen Ministry, and that includes the preliminary communications as you explore this program.   Any conversations with a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister will be treated with respect and privacy.


How soon can I have a Stephen Minister?

Although space is limited, those who have been accepted into the program will be on a waiting list if a Stephen Minister isn’t available right away.   The plan is to continue to grow the ministry so that more Stephen Ministers will be available.   


What situations are appropriate for Stephen Ministry?

A Stephen Leader will discern with you whether Stephen Ministry is a good fit for your situation. 

Many situations are appropriate for Stephen Ministry.  Some are listed above, but this list is by no means comprehensive.  Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges- physical, emotional, or spiritual- may be a candidate for Stephen Ministry.  There are exceptions, as follows…


What is not appropriate for Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers are not counselors or trained professionals.  In cases of abuse, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, mental illness and moderate or severe depression, it is recommended that you seek help from a trained professional.  In some cases, where a professional gives consent, a Stephen Minister may be utilized as part of a patient’s support system.

Stephen Ministry should not take the place of a supportive community such as a LifeGroup.  It is relationship for a season, designed to help someone who is going through a tough time and who is in need of a more support than a typical community can give.  In fact, often Stephen Ministers encourage care receivers to broaden their support network.


How do I start?

 You can contact a Stephen Leader to discuss whether a Stephen Minister relationship is right


 Connie Lannom
 clannom@newsongsd.org
 (909) 394-9488 ext.202


 A word from past care receivers about their Stephen Ministry experience ...


“I was assigned a Stephen Minister when I was unemployed for a long period of time.  My minister met with me weekly... .  We talked about just about anything we wanted to, not just spiritual things, and certainly not job counseling, just what was on my mind. …  I appreciated the time my Stephen Minister spent with me, and I looked forward to our weekly meetings.”                                 ~ a male Care Receiver

“As a single parent facing many challenges it is so encouraging to have my Stephen Minister call me and meet with me on a regular basis to listen, pray, encourage and share her observations with me.  The power of an adult Christian woman focused on my needs for about an hour a week is a huge dose of good medicine to keep on doing what I have to do.  Asking for a Stephen Minister is one of the best things I have done for myself and those I care for.”                                     ~ a female Care Receiver

 

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What NewSong's Stephen Ministers are saying....

 

            “My Stephen Ministry training classes, members and teachers mean a great deal to me.  I have really bonded with the people in my class, and feel like I am a part of the body of Christ.  Each person … has great insight as a Stephen Minister in training. I am learning so much from each one.         

             I have become more assertive in my every day life because of my training.  I am also communicating better in my marriage, and using tools to resolve conflict.  I am loving my husband more and seeing him in a different light.  I am listening more and having a new understanding.  I believe this is all from being in the Stephen Ministry training program … .  I am so exited to learn all these skills as a Stephen Minister and to be able to help others.”                                                                                                                                                                              ~ Barbara Carter


Stephen Ministry training is an important part of my journey of transformation.  It is providing me with tools of Christian assertiveness, boundaries and confidentiality so that I can more effectively use my gifts of empathy and caring.  I have found myself applying the teaching to many of my current relationships. … I look forward to further development of my ability to give and care in authentic and genuinely loving ways.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ~ Karen Turner

 

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About Stephen Ministry St. Louis

The Stephen Series is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation.

The Stephen Series provides congregations with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a complete system for lay caring ministry (called Stephen Ministry) in the congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry during those times when people really need it.

Stephen Ministry featured on PBS:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/april-9-2010/stephen-ministry/6044/

History, Facts and Statistics:    click here

Stephen Ministry website:     www.StephenMinistries.org


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From Pastor George...

                                                                 
  “Stephen Ministry is one of the best training and ministry programs we have at NewSong.  The training empowers us with biblical wisdom to fulfill the charge of Ephesians 4 as the Apostle Paul instructs the church to ‘prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.’  The equipping I personally received in ministering to people in crisis, grief, loss and walking through the ‘valley of darkness’ is invaluable to me personally and professionally.  I highly commend this opportunity to learn the ministry skills that Jesus will use to comfort, console and cultivate many in our community and beyond.”

       George Haraksin

Lead Pastor

         NewSong Church

                                                                                                                        

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Stephen Minister Photographs


Commissioning of new Stephen Ministers November 2012

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Stephen Minister Training   


Date:    Begins January 2014
When:   To Be Announced
Where:  NewSong Church- specific location To Be Announced
Cost:    $55.00 for materials.


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Contact Stephen Ministry at NewSong Church:     clannom@newsongsd.org         (909) 394-9488 ext.202