The mission of Bear Creek Stephen Ministry: Walking together with faith, listening with grace-based acceptance and trust, while God heals.
Stephen was one of the first laypeople commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry. Stephen Ministry is a continuation of Christ caring for people through people.
The Stephen Ministry logo symbolizes that we all are broken people and that it is through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole.
What is Stephen Ministry?
BCUMC’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.
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A Stephen Minister is….
• A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
• A Christian with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
• A layperson who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
• A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
• Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life; times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
• Loss of a loved one
• Divorce or separation
• Loneliness or discouragement
• Spiritual crisis
• Unemployment or job crisis
• A terminal illness
• Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
• A chronic illness
• Recovery after an accident or disaster
• And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those who receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
Stephen Ministry Is Your Ministry
To learn how you or a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative can receive care, talk to our Pastor at BCUMC, Meredith Dodd or contact one of our Stephen Ministers at email@example.com.
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
• Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
• Accept Care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
• Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
• Prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister, if you are a good listener and a compassionate person.