Our church is an active and participating Stephen Ministries church. Stephen Ministries is a program that equips laypeople to do caring ministry. The Stephen Ministry Series trains people in the basic skills necessary for helping others. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, people learn everything they need for this caring ministry —how to be an effective listener, specific techniques for ministering to grieving people, and more. The members of our congregation and our community continue to reap many blessings through our involvement in this ministry of care. Questions? Call us! 352.628.4083.
Stephen Ministers — Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-oneChristian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care Receivers — People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Care receivers are people — congregation members and others in the community — who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life — experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the StephenMinister: the relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men; women with women.
Jim Grudzen being commissioned
as a Stephen Minister Leader on
August 20, 2017 by Pastor Kip Younger
Our newest Stephen Minister
Leader, Jim Grudzen, with
Stephen Minister Leader(s) Carol
MacKenzie on his right, and
Karen Kline on his left.