Stephen Ministry ~ Christ caring for people through the people of Holy Family Parish
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of our parish that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances.
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 regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
- Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
- Serve for at least two years
- Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion." Colossians 3:12
Stephen Ministry Meets The Needs of People:
There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister! These needs include but are not limited to:
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.
"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Stephen Ministry multiplies our Christian caregiving and outreach.....
Our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastor(s) to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can reach 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
- Come to value ministry from another lay person while continuing contact with the pastor
Stephen Ministry enhances our outreach by:
- Creating a "caring ministry explosion" where many, instead of a few, are offering God's love and care in intentional, systematic ways
- Enabling our entire congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for in Jesus Christ
- Identifying our congregation to our community as a place where people's needs are taken seriously
"Encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one confidential Christian care to those needing support at a difficult time.
Holy Family Stephen Ministers
If you would like to have a Stephen Minister walk with you through difficult times, or you have a friend or family member you think could benefit from Stephen Ministry, please contact Fr. John Boeglin at 812-482-3076, or the Referral Coordinator, Robbie Mehringer at 812-482-5923 or 812-661-2171 (mobile). If you feel called to be a Stephen Minister, contact the Program Coordinator, Robin O'Connor at 812-482-1306 or 812-630-9498 (mobile).
How can you support Holy Family's Stephen Ministry?
- Pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as they provide Christian care for others.
- Pray for all who are receiving confidential care through the Stephen Ministry of our congregation.
- Tell Stephen Leaders about those who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister - be sure to get that person's permission first!
- Tell others in our parish community about the availability of our congregation's Stephen Ministry and the care it can provide.
- Consider serving as a Stephen Minister.
- Support Stephen Ministry with your financial gifts.