So why does Immanuel have Stephen Ministers and what is Stephen Ministry all about? What is the difference between a Stephen Leader and a Stephen Minister?
Immanuel is very blest to have a Stephen Ministry Program. We have a great team of Stephen Ministers – those members of our congregation who have received the 50 hours of initial training, been commissioned by the congregation, may have a care receiver and participates faithfully in Small Group supervision and continuing education. We also have three Stephen Leaders – (Ruth Koenemann, Sue Hensley and Jean Meyer) those who have completed the Leader’s Training Course, been commissioned as a Stephen Leader and help manage our Stephen Ministry program.
It is this Leader Training that I am participating in at this time – learning how the system works, and all the different components that make up the Stephen Ministry program. Today we looked at working together to get things done. By looking at the “big picture” of Stephen Ministry, identifying the resources that are available, exploring what has worked and what more can be done, and what the possibilities are that will work best for Immanuel, we can understand the Stephen Ministry Program and the impact it can have on the lives of our members and beyond. Stephen Ministry is “Bringing God’s love to hurting people at crucial points in their lives.”
Stephen Ministry isn’t just about the Leaders and Ministers – it’s about the care receivers. Those who are having challenges in their own lives and just need someone to listen to them. It’s showing who Christ is to those who are hurting.
“Got a problem?
More than you can bear?
Get a Stephen Minister
Who will Listen and Will Care!”
Deaconess Suzanne Fingerle
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 ESV
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School
2o0 N. Plum Grove Rd
Palatine, IL 60067