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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

"Christ Caring for People through People"

Aldersgate Church takes seriously its reputation for being “the Church with the Warm Heart.” Within this large and growing congregation we seek to maintain an intentional and systematic ministry of caring for people and providing the support necessary to help people in our church

and community face a variety of needs.

Because of our commitment to being a caring congregation, Aldersgate implemented “The

Stephen Ministry.” Stephen Ministry trains and equips lay persons to serve as Stephen ministers. The training involves 50 hours of class covering a variety of issues from understanding grief and loss to ministering to shut-ins, and developing skills from listening to assertiveness training.

Following their training, participants are commissioned as Stephen Ministers and will work one on-one with persons offering their caring support in a confidential and trusting relationship. Stephen Ministers commit themselves to serving in this capacity for two years, as well as continue to meet bi-monthly for continuing education and supervision.

Stephen Ministers are assigned only after persons have either been referred or have requested a Stephen Minister. You may request a Stephen Minister, or serve as a “Minister of Referral” by offering this caring, supportive resource to persons you know who have a need in their lives.

There are over 60 persons commissioned and presently active as Stephen Ministers. Stephen leaders are Karen Bandelier and Linda Davis. For more information or to make a referral please call any of the Aldersgate Pastors at 432-1524.

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