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Stephen Ministry Leaders
 
Left to right:
 
   Carolyn Skwier
   Pastor Bob Simmons
   Debby Svoboda
   John Merrill
   Alice Anderson
   Donna Gates
   Bob Shelton
STEPHEN MINISTERS – THE AFTER PEOPLE
 
You may still be asking, “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 gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
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 Ministries are the “After People”. They are ready to come alongside you – or your friends, neighbors, or relatives – and provide comfort and support for as long as needed. (See www.stephenministries.org)
 
NOTE: If you may have an interest in exploring the possibility of becoming a Stephen Minister, please inform any of the Stephen Leaders, as plans are being made for the next New Stephen Minister Training Session, probably in the Fall.
 
 

 At a recent Stephen Leaders’ Meeting, the Mission, Core Values, and Vision were identified as follows:

Stephen Ministry Mission Statement

• Our Stephen Ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church exists to serve God by bringing Christ’s healing love to hurting people.

Stephen Ministry Core Values

• To know Christ and make Christ known, through the equipping of faithful Stephen Leaders and Ministers.

• To develop disciples in meaningful community, through the development of an organized lay ministry of     Stephen Ministers.

• To do the work of Christ in our church and neighborhood through prayer, skilled, trustworthy and compassionate caring, expressed in ministry by the Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Ministry Vision Statement

• With the leadership of trained Stephen Leaders, develop a Stephen Ministry program at Christ Presbyterian Church through awareness, education and in recruiting committed church family members.

• Develop congregational support through prayer, participation and spiritual gift discovery.

• Develop commitment in our church to answer the call to serve as Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders.

On April 17th, our first class of Stephen Ministers will be commissioned.

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Left to Right:

Ron Skwier
Tim O'Hearn
Bob Gates
Shirley Lambert
Russell Schultz
Rex Lambert