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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide Christian care to hurting people in and around our congregation.

The Stephen series provides our church with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a lay caring ministry. Lay caregivers are called Stephen Ministers who 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 for as long as people need it.

New Hope enrolled in Stephen Ministry , which gave us access to extensive training, resources and ongoing support from Stephen Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pastor Lynn Mefferd (photograph above) attended a one-week Leader's Training Course where he was equipped by the faculty of Stephen Ministries to serve as a Stephen Leader.

Stephen Leaders recruit, select, and train people in the congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers.

At the present time there are 10 Stephen Ministers at New Hope. They have gone through 50 hours of training and most of them have been assigned a care-receiver.

Our Stephen Leader assigns Stephen Ministers to people with needs for care. Ministers meet with their care receivers for about an hour a week for as long as the person needs this level of care.

Stephen Ministers participate twice a month in supervision and continuing education with their Stephen Leaders.

People who need care...

  • receive quality- Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs.
  • find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth thorugh the support of a Stephen Minister.
  • know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
  • receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis, when many others have forgotten about them.
  • grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God's unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister.
  • New Hope becomes a more loving community because we are sensitive and responsive to people's needs. We believe this ministry adds significantly to the biblical mandate to "care for one another."

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