STEPHEN MINISTRY

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As we look to Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we observe the ultimate example of compassion. He calls us to follow his example and be deeply concerned about one another. Stephen Ministry is a ministry of compassion. It provides a haven where those in need of compassion can receive it in a confidential way.

How can you be involved in Stephen Ministry here at Kountze?

  • Pray for our Stephen Ministers and their care receivers.
  • Help make others aware of the support that is available through Stephen Ministry.
  • Consider God’s direction as to whether you should become a Stephen Minister.

If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, please contact Donna Reinig, Diane Wendt, or Pastor Inbarasu via the church office (402) 341-7761.

Who needs a Stephen Minister?

People who are dealing with:

  • Parent/child communications
  • Illness
  • Family frustrations and challenges
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Homebound issues
  • Parenting of newborns
  • Self-esteem struggles
  • Loss of job
  • Financial setbacks
  • Aging
  • Hospitalization
  • Faith issues
  • Life changes and other concerns

How does it work?

When someone requests a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Ministry leader will meet with that person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether Stephen Ministry is the kind of care that person needs. You will be matched with one of our available Stephen Ministers.

The Stephen Minister will then contact that person and begin meeting with him/her for around one hour each week as long as the need is there. Everything a care receiver says to his/her Stephen Minister is kept strictly confidential.

The Stephen Minister doesn’t try to solve problems; rather, he/she listens, cares, prays and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.
Do you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister? Please contact the church office at (402) 341-7761.

What does a Stephen Minister Do?

  • Offers Christian friendship and caring
  • Listens
  • Encourages
  • Keeps confidences
  • Prays
  • Offers support
  • Shares Christ’s love

A Stephen Minister is not:

  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem solver
  • a casual visitor

Requirements:

  • Willingness to give oneself in servanthood. The level of one’s education is not important, but the level of one’s commitment as a Christian and one’s desire to really care for others is most important.
  • A 24-month commitment to the program.
  • Attendance at and participation in the 50-hour training program using the Stephen Ministry Training ManualChristian Caregiving–A Way of Life and Speaking the Truth in Love. A library of other books and materials will be available for reading and reference by Stephen Ministers.
  • Service as a Stephen Minister (usually involving a one-hour weekly, one-to-one visit) for 20 months following completion of the training program.
  • Participation in twice-monthly supervision meetings for 20 months following completion of the training program.

Watch the Bulletin or Good News for information on the next Stephen Ministry training class.