Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are Called to be Caregivers

“When you or someone you know is in need of care…”

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2

“Encourage the faint hearted, help the week, be patient with all of them.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

St John became a Stephen Ministry congregation in 1998 when Pastor John Pannkuk, Assistant Pastor Chris Sanderson and member Jan Rodewald attended a training session in San Antonio, Texas. We realized that pastors can’t meet all the needs of our members without the help of congregation members.

Over those years we have had 28 trained Ministers who have served almost 100 members through their rough times. After 50 hours of training and a 2-year commitment of serving, we have 7 Stephen Ministers in which Jan Rodewald serves as the coordinator.

A Stephen Minister is…

-A child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
-A caring Christian friend who really listens;
-A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.

A Stephen Minister is NOT…

-A counselor or a therapist
-A problem-solver
-A casual visitor

How does the Referrals process work?

-A person – either you, a relative or a friend – is hurting and in need of Christian Care.
-The Stephen Ministry Referrals coordinator learsn about this need for care – from the pastor, the person, or a friend, always with the person’s permission.
-With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the person.
-The Stephen Minister continues to provide Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality.

God is the Curegiver

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

Please call the Church office for more information @ 260-426-5751.


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