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What Is a Stephen Minister?

"Jesus called his followers to pattern their lives after his, and that pattern includes dignifying pain and suffering. Pain is real, it hurts, and it matters. Rather than minimizing or denying the hurt, Christians are most like Christ when they enter into the pain of those who are suffering - not to be weighed down or consumed by it but to help bear the burden." - Kenneth C. Haugk

2016 Stephen Ministry training has come to an end.  Please welcome the new Stephen Ministers that just completed 50 hours of training –
Congratulations to: David Baskett, Phyllis Baskett, Diane Brantley, Luz Hartley, Thomas Kollenberg, Kathryn Lee, Vince Olson and Marcia Ramlo.

At some point in our lives we ALL need a helping hand. In today's society, friends are often busy with work, family members are scattered and neighbors rarely offer support. Those who are facing life's challenges (death of a loved one, divorce, chronic/terminal illness, etc.) have no one to turn to and end up facing their crisis and hurt alone. However, those in need may turn to a Stephen Minister who can walk with them during their time of need - completely confidential.
Please contact Dr. Hmingliani Browne, 924-1323 for more information.

Stephen Ministers go through 50 hours of extensive training and our Stephen Leaders have also attended a week of Leadership Training provided by Stephen Ministry of Saint Louis. One hour of continuing education is provided monthly as part of their supervision meetings.

We currently have 54 active Stephen Ministers

Please use the links in the side bar for further information.


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