fp Stephen Ministry will start training for our next ministers on Friday March 1st.
fp Stephen Ministry is “Christ Caring for People through People at Faith Promise”
“Love one another … as I have loved you.” John 13:34
One of our Values at Faith Promise is “PEOPLE ARE OUR PRIORITY”. One of the opportunities we have to demonstrate this is through the Stephen Ministry Program. This organization and process for caring has been active for over 35 years and has served over a million hurting people in over 11,000 churches with 500,000 trained Stephen Ministers.
Our Stephen Ministry program equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian, confidential, one-to-one care to anyone in our congregation or community who is going through a difficult time and in need of support from a Christian friend.
STEPHEN MINISTRY – MEETING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE
Stephen Ministers are the After People.
Stephen Ministers are there:
. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
. . . after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.
. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
. . . after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
. . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
. . . after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.
Stephen Ministry Multiplies Our Christian Caregiving 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:
• Receive quality Christian care,
• Deepen their relationship with their Lord,
• Grow in their desire to participate in Christian community, worship and groups,
Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained and supervised to provide effective Christian Care. After an initial 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers are assigned a Care Receiver with whom they meet once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers also meet twice per month for supervision, support and continuing education. This is done in an environment of complete confidentiality. The names of Care Receivers are never mentioned. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to the program.
Motivation (Call to Action) for this Ministry: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God, For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.” II Corinthians 1:3-5
BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER
Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement, Faith, Mercy
Passions: People in Crisis
Abilities: Caring/Compassion, Listening/Facilitating, Welcoming/Encouraging
Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who:
• Express God’s care through their lives to others;
• Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts;
• Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training;
• Visit another person regularly and dependably, and offer Christian support and care;
• Participate in bimonthly support and supervision meetings under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders;
• Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship;
• Serve for at least 2 years, and
• Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.
You Should Consider Becoming a Stephen Minister …
• Because you care for those who hurt – whatever the hurt may be.
• Because you know God cares for those who hurt.
• Because you see Stephen Ministry as a unique and effective way of bringing a faith perspective to situations which – for the moment or for a lifetime – are burdens to those who experience them.
• Because God calls us to be Jesus to others who are hurting.
• Because maybe you are a wounded healer whose own experience with adversity may help others who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers do not serve as caregivers for:
• Couples, families, or other groups (This is a one-on-one ministry)
• Those who are suffering serious mental or emotional disturbances
• Those who are suffering severe depression
• Those with personality disorders
• Manipulative individuals (those struggling to navigate life in general are referred to Compassionate Ministries)
• Those dealing with abuse issues Substance abusers or chemically-dependent persons
• Those exhibiting suicidal behavior
• Those exhibiting violent behavior
• Those who need a social worker
• Those who are a part of their circle of friends
How to Apply
• If additional information is desired, contact one of the Stephen Leaders below or send an Email to: email@example.com
• Fill out a STEPHEN MINISTRY APPLICATION and return to one of the persons listed below or Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24th.
Bob Poteat , 865 406-4191
Rick Henry, 865-805-2207
Sheree Henry, 865-456-9674
Applications may be left with the following:
Pellissippi Campus – Brenda Moore , Chad Funk
North Knox Campus – Bob Poteat, Mike or Kandice Baker
Blount Campus – Wayne or Angie Burress
UT Campus – Josh Whitehead
Stephen Ministry will be a vital part of the Groups Ministry here at Faith Promise Church. As with all of our groups, we focus on creating environments where people Encounter God, Embrace Others, and Engage the World Around Us.