Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry? What does a Stephen Minister do?

† As a congregation of caring believers, we have embarked on a journey of reaching out and caring for the hurting people in our church and community. Stephen Ministry is all about “Go and share Jesus Christ, the One Who restores hurting people”!

† Stephen Ministry links two people together – a Stephen Minister (Care Giver) and a person in need (Care Receiver) in a confidential, consistent way. The Care Receiver gets a trained Stephen Minister (Care Giver) who is able to offer a ministry of presence and listening, allowing Jesus Christ to heal.

† If you have a need for a Stephen Minister or know someone who could use this support, please contact Pastor Jim or Joyce Kuether. The following is a great picture of who can use a Stephen Minister:

STEPHEN MINISTERS: THE AFTER PEOPLE (http://alcportland NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ALC-STEPHEN-MINISTRY NULL.jpg)

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that 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 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.

If you would like more information about a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Jim ( pastor null@null alcportland NULL.org) or Joyce Kuether. 503-665-8821