Christ Caring for People through People
Our Stephen Ministry program equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one care to anyone in our congregation or community who is going through a difficult time and in need of support from a Christian friend.
Stephen Ministry – Meeting the Needs of People
There are times when each of us needs the care of another person…a Christian friend…a Stephen Minister. If you are dealing with any of the following challenges in your life, please contact us so that we can help:
Terminally ill and their families
Moving into or out of our community
Grieving a death or serious loss
Homebound and institutionalized
Prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
In job crisis
Aging and elderly
Disabled (and their families)
Needing the support of a Christian friend
Facing life transitions
Separated or divorced
Experiencing birth or adoption
In spiritual crisis
Stephen Ministry Multiplies Our Christian Caregiving And Outreach
Our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastor to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can by themselves. People who receive care from a Stephen Minister:
Receive quality Christian care,
Deepen their relationship with their Lord,
Grow in their desire to participate in Christian community,
Come to value ministry from another lay person, while continuing contact with the pastor.
Stephen Ministry enhances the outreach of Church of the Palms by:
Creating a caring ministry outreach, where many are offering God’s love and care in intentional, systematic ways;
Enabling our entire congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community, where people are cherished and cared for in Jesus Christ;
Identifying our congregation to our community as a place where people’s needs are taken seriously.
About the Leaders of Our Congregation’s Stephen Ministry
Stephen Leaders are pastors, church staff, and volunteers who have completed a Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course (LTC), and are commissioned by our congregation. Pastor Pete, Al Couper, Carole Bethel, and Arlene Small serve as Stephen Leaders.
How You Can Support Our Congregation’s Stephen Ministry:
Pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as they provide Christian care to others.
Pray for all who are receiving confidential care through the Stephen Ministry .
Tell Stephen Leaders about those who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister. Be sure to get that person’s permission first.
Tell others in our community about the availability of Church of the Palm’s Stephen Ministry, and the care it can provide.
Receive Stephen Ministry support when you are in need of Christian care.
How You Can Contact our Stephen Ministry:
Call the church office: 843-379-1888.
Email us LetUsHelp@palmsumc.org