Overview of Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry’s Core Purpose is summed up in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:
“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” — Ephesians 4:12-13
Some background: In 1975 Rev. Kenneth Haugk, Ph.D., a pastor and clinical psychologist, saw that people’s needs for care in his congregation and community far exceeded what he alone could provide. He developed materials to train nine of his congregation members to provide quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals experiencing a life crisis. Upon completion of their training, he commissioned them as “Stephen Ministers” and linked them with people with a variety of needs for care. Stephen Ministry was so successful in his church that other congregations wanted to become involved. Dr. Haugk then founded the Stephen Ministries organization and developed the Stephen Series which has now been implemented in more than 11,000 congregations representing more than 150 Christian denominations. More than 500,000 laypersons have been trained as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have ministered to more than a million care receivers.
Stephen Ministry at Emmaus
The Stephen Ministry program was brought to Emmaus 25 years ago by Lois Lindbloom. Many laypeople from Emmaus have committed themselves to becoming Stephen Ministers and have received 50 hours of training. This training prepares folks to listen and walk with others in times of struggle.
Some examples of why someone would seek a Stephen Minister might be: job loss, divorce, spiritual struggles, loss of a loved one, financial difficulty, loneliness or other life changes (retirement, sending children to college, etc.). Stephen Ministers provide confidential, Christian caregiving. Stephen Ministry has ministered to many members of our congregation and our community here in Northfield over the years.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the listening ministry of a Stephen Minister, please contact one of the following people. We would be honored to make this safe and confidential connection for you.
Co-Leaders for Emmaus Stephen Ministry:
Pastor Susan Quinnell
Stephen Ministry Training
Every 3 years or so Emmaus trains a new group of Stephen Ministers.
If interested in training, talk with any of the co-leaders listed above.