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Stephen Ministry Reflection

“Stephen Ministers are a Positive Part of the Luther Place Community”
By: Margaret Maring

        Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.  Romans 12:15

Stephen Ministers are required to participate in 50 hours of training before they work with others. We live in a world where people suffer crises and tragedies in their lives. People often do not have caregivers that they can count on during difficult times because friends and family members may live far away. Many have to face problems alone. The Stephen Ministry Program at Luther Place has been a positive part of the church community.

Overwhelming needs that occur in our lives include: being hospitalized, loss and grief, loneliness, divorce and separation, dealing with loved ones who are dying, unemployment, stresses related to moving and relocation, convalescing and rehabilitation after an illness, becoming new parents, victims of natural or other disasters, and many other crisis that we have all faced. No one is untouched and during these times people can receive great benefit from a caring relationship with someone who will listen, empathize, and pray with them.

The Stephen Ministry Program provides the Luther Place Community with laypersons to provide consistent, quality, one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in the congregation and the community. People no longer have to go through crises and difficulties alone.

Those participating in the training have spiritual gifts that can be shared with others. These gifts include the gift of mercy to perform acts of kindness and compassion; the gift of encouragement to inspire, comfort, motivate, strengthen, affirm and the gift of presence to be with others so that they can meet life’s challenges with confidence; and the gift of encouragement to instill hope in others during a time when they need it most.

For more information about the Stephen Ministry Program at Luther Place please contact Pastor Karen at seniorpastor@lutherplace.org, Margaret Maring at m.gmaring@verizon.net or Nancy White at hownan5282@aol.com.

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