Stephen Ministry - A Caring Ministry
Stephen Ministry Update:
You may have heard by now that Highlands Church has become a Stephen Ministry congregation. What does that mean? Highlands has initiated a ministry to train and organize some of our members to provide quality care and extend the caring ministry that our pastors already do. Our Stephen Ministry will be lead by Christi Theis and Karen Weitz who have already completed the six day leadership training course in Pittsburgh, PA in August of 2011. They are currently completing their 50 hours of Stephen Minister training at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado which will be officially completed on March 25, 2012.
Trained for both roles, Christi and Karen will be prepared to direct the ministry as Stephen Leaders and also serve as care-giving Stephen Ministers. They are very excited and look forward to completing their training in order to implement the next phase of the Highlands Stephen Ministry.
Why Stephen Ministry?
Good Question! The truth is we have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of job, relocation, empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, and the list goes on. Often people with needs suffer silently and do not request or receive the level of care they really need. With the range of responsibilities our pastors Rachael, Jenny and Mark have, you can quickly see why it would be difficult for them to touch every single need of every person. That’s where our Stephen Ministry comes in! The Stephen Ministry will expand the care Highlands Church can offer by equipping and organizing gifted members to extend the love of Christ to those in need.