Today’s blog is by Dave Newman, one our Stephen Leaders.
Zion IS a Stephen Ministry Church
In 1993, Zion became a Stephen Ministry Church. The original prayer was for an ongoing ministry that could prepare lay members to better care for their hurting peers. Through the years, Stephen Ministry has done that…and much more! Stephen Ministry has helped grow disciples.
God calls us all to be disciples…in some cases Stephen Ministers. Since 1993, 48 of us have responded to that call here at Zion. Through training and supervision, we grow together into a Stephen Minster community. Just as Jesus modeled when nurturing his original disciples, discipleship happens through relationships…seldom alone.
As we grow, we realize that our inner spirituality is to be balanced with a concern for others. Jesus taught his disciples time and again to “love thy neighbor”. We estimate that through the years, over 150 hurting people have been gifted with over 5000 hours of distinctively Christian, entirely confidential care from Zion Stephen Ministers.
Commitment to Christ builds discipleship. Though regular Sunday worship, twice-a-month supervision and continuing education, and weekly visits with care-receivers, Stephen Minsters are kept grounded in the Word, the power of the Holy Spirit and our mission to bring Christ’s love to those hurting. Discipleship is our response to God’s love.
We pray you take a moment to listen…God is calling you to be a disciple. If you would like to respond by becoming a Stephen Minister, find us at our table in FLC, Room 101 September 4 and September 11.
Thank You for your prayers of support for Zion’s Stephen Ministers and their current care-receivers.
a Zion Stephen Leader