Stephen Ministers August 2022
by Penny Brill
It’s been 2 years since I started writing these letters to you. I enjoy each and every one that I am privileged to share with you.
This is the letter I wrote then:
I have found Stephen Ministry to be an opportunity for growth as a Christian. I am learning how to listen when others talk and to not offer advice. Stephen Ministry reinforces that God is the cure giver and we as his disciples, can learn how to be caregivers, sources of support and drinks of cold water to those in need.
We are non-judgmental listeners, offering confidentiality and compassion to others struggling with overwhelming issues in their lives. We as Christians are only in charge of our own behavior, responses and actions. We are available to walk along side others in their time of need. We are not “fixers” but we are people with broad shoulders, open ears and very often are great pressure relief valves!
If you are a good listener, a person people pour their hearts out to, a person who wants to make a difference in someone else’s life … you can reach out to the church office or any Stephen Minister here at church to talk about the process of becoming a Stephen Minister. This is a truly life changing way to increase your Christian interaction with others. Most of us are problem solvers who have learned how to listen, reflect and allow our care receivers to work with God to come to an understanding about their life and path to wholeness. Think about joining us in this exciting journey.
If you are struggling with situations in your life, we are here to help. You can call the church office to be connected to this resource.
A lot has transpired in the last two years; in our church, in our community, in our country. But what I wrote above is still the same.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1st Cor 3:6-7
Christ Caring for People