Redeemer Church is dedicated to providing a culture of care, acceptance and warmth for members of our church as well as anyone living in the greater Parker area. This is accomplished through the church's Stephen Ministry. In Ephesians 4:15-16, Paul provides a succinct vision, a clear definition, of the work of care ministry with the body of the church: “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. The whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
What is Stephen Ministry?
Sometimes we may perceive “care ministry” as reserved for people who are especially troubled in some way. Not so.Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian ministry that provides confidential, high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care for people are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. Our Stephen Ministers have gone through extensive training program called the Stephen Series. The Stephen Series trains lay people in the basic skills necessary for helping others. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry—how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more.
What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education. Stephen Ministers walk alongside their care receiver to encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are experiencing a difficult time.
Additional Care Support:
- Dealing with Cancer Support - Redeemer Stephen Ministry offers support in dealing with the diagnosis of cancer. Stephen Ministry offeres copies of Kenneth C. Haugk's book, Cancer - Now What. This book provides guidance and support to those individuals diagnosed with cancer and their personal support group in taking action, finding hope, and navigating through this difficult journey.
- Dealing with Grief - Redeemer Stephen Ministry provides grief support by offering a set of four short books sent to people at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one. In these books the author, Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., walks alongside the reader through the grief journey, sharing helpful insights about grief, biblical truths, and stories that provide comfort and reassurance.