About Stephen Ministry

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The Fellowship has recently begun Stephen Ministry, a new and exciting ministry that will allow us to reach out to more people with one-to-one Christian care. Through Stephen Ministry, a team of trained ministers has been equipped to provide quality Christian care to people facing a variety of personal crises. Some of the situations in which Stephen Ministers provide care include the loss of a loved one, a terminal illness, loneliness, unemployment, hospitalization, a spiritual crisis and the birth of a child.
 
Stephen Ministry is a transdenominational caregiving ministry developed by Stephen Ministries in St. Louis. Begun in 1975, Stephen Ministry is now in use in more than 11,000 congregations with a total of more than 600,000 ministers trained. Ministers have come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian Provinces and 24 other countries.
 
The Fellowship is commissioning 10 newly trained Stephens Ministers. These caregivers will serve under the leadership team of Richard Moskos, John Loefstedt, Suzi Iverson and Denise Moskos.  Before commissioning, the Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving skills, covering topics such as active listening, distinctively Christian care, feelings confidentiality, and crisis theory, as well as ministering to people in specific situations such as grief, divorce and hospitalization. Even after they begin providing care, Stephen Ministers will continue to meet twice a month with their Stephen Leaders for continuing education and supervision as they strive to offer the highest-quality Christian caregiving.   
 
A major emphasis of Stephen Ministry training and supervision is on confidentially. Stephen Ministry is a very confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private. 
 
The Fellowship expects their Stephen Ministry to be a source of warmth, care, and blessings for many years to come, enabling the entire congregation to grow as a nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for and their needs taken seriously, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
 
If you are interested or have questions about the Stephen Ministry at The Fellowship, please contact Richard Moskos at 508-828-0353.  Or, if you know someone who needs care and support at this time, you can call Richard at the above number.
 
For more information call Stephen Ministries St. Louis at 314-428-2600, or view their Web site at www.stephenministries.org.
 

Richard Moskos
Pastoral Assistant/Mission Specialist 

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