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Hurting? Struggling? Discouraged? Stressed? Confused? Broken?

Christ Lutheran Stephen Ministers Are Ready to Care

What Is Stephen Ministry?
Christ Lutheran Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in ourcongregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister Is...

  • A child of God who walks beside aperson who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts forcare giving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens cares, prays, supports and encourages
  • Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there's a need

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law Of Christ" Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life-times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers at Christ are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when faced with a crises or difficulty, such as:

  • Christ Lutheran Church Stephen MinistryLoss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crises
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery from an accident or disaster
  • And many more

"Love one another-as I have loved you." John 13:34

Stephen Ministry Is Your Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept Care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other" 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Stephen Ministry Multiples Ministry
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crises. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet themselves.

Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution-equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care pastors continue to provide.

Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting-both congregation members and nonmembers alike.

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry." Ephesians 4:12a

In Ecclesiastes it says:

There is a time to weep...

A time to speak...

A time to search...

A time to mend...

A time to heal...

A time for peace.

Stephen Ministers at Christ want to help you with your time. We would like to be a friend to help you through a difficult time. We promise not to lecture or preach. We promise not to judge. We promise to maintain strict confidentiality.

Stephen Ministry continuing education schedule - GRACE by Max Lucado. Click here to view the schedule.

To obtain confidential Christian care call:

Pastor Edwards (260) 632-4821

Stephen Leaders:
Mike Lothamer (260) 632-5647
Joan Wells (260) 632-4538
Dulanna Hoeppner (260) 632-5407
Naomi Hoeppner (260) 632-5871

Stephen Ministries St. Louis supports Christ Lutheran Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministries is a non profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations world wide. Log on to or call (314) 428-2600 to learn more.

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