New Stephen Ministry Class Coming Soon

Caring ministry at Asbury will be expanding as we prepare to offer Stephen Minister training in January 2019. At the completion of training, our new Stephen Ministers will be commissioned and join our active Stephen Ministers at Asbury in providing one-to-one care to individuals experiencing difficulties in life. You are invited to join us to learn more about Stephen Ministry at an informational meeting on October 7, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel.

Steven Ministry training combines sound theological principles with contemporary psychology. Pastor Kathy La Point-Collup (925-447-1950 ext 102) and Pastor Chelsea Constant (925-447-1950 ext 101) along with our Stephen Leaders will teach the class.

The training is outstanding. The skills our Stephen Ministers learn and practice prepare them to provide a very high level of Christian caregiving. The training is intense because it explores some serious life issues, but it is also a growth producing and enjoyable experience.

The 50 hours of Steven Ministry training is broken down into 2½ hour sessions that will be held on Sunday evenings. Among the training topics are

  • Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours
  • The Art of Listening
  • Distinctively Christian Caring
  • Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly
  • Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving
  • Confidentiality
  • Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
  • Caring for People Before, During, and After Hospitalization

“Before becoming a Steven Leader, I went through the Stephen Ministry training myself and served as a Stephen Minister,” says Joyce Logan, Stephen Leader. “I expected to learn a lot about caregiving, but I didn’t anticipate the personal and spiritual growth I experienced. Looking back, perhaps what I enjoyed most was the close Christian community formed with everyone in our training class. Our new trainees will be in for a really meaningful experience.”

More than a half-million people have gone through Steven Ministry training in more than 13,000 churches worldwide since the ministry began in 1975. Asbury has trained 101 Stephen Ministers since it was introduced in our congregation in 1987. We currently have 14 active Stephen Ministers, including Stephen Leaders. Steven Ministry has been part of our Asbury community for over 30 years!

We are definitely part of something big. The impact of Steven Ministry on our congregation has been tremendous. People whose needs might otherwise slip through the cracks are coming face to face with Jesus’ love through their Steven Minister. Our new class will help us touch that many more lives with God’s grace.

We hope you will join us to learn more about Stephen Ministry at an informational meeting on October 7, 2018.

Please lift up Asbury’s Steven Ministry program in your prayers over the coming months and watch for updates on our newest Steven Ministry training class in the Asbury Articles newsletter and our Sunday bulletin.

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