If you’ve thought about becoming a Stephen Minister or want to learn more about how Stephen Ministry can help you or a loved one, please plan to attend an ice cream social Sunday, August 13, 3-5 pm in the Chapel Parlor or Thursday, August 17, 6-8 pm in Fellowship Hall. Stephen Ministers will be on hand to talk about the upcoming training classes and how to receive care.
Cypress Lake’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties such as:
- loss of a loved one
- divorce or separation
- job loss
- loss of a home
- military deployment
- spiritual crisis
- miscarriage or infertility
Stephen Ministry is free and confidential; the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together.
What is it like to have a Stephen Minister?
If you are in need of care, you are confidentially paired with a Stephen Minister of the same gender. You and your Stephen Minister meet at a private place that you both agree upon, and work out together your weekly meeting times. The typical meeting is once a week for about an hour. A Stephen Minister is not a professional counselor and does not take the place of a professional counselor if one is needed.
The Stephen Minister’s commitment is to walk beside you, helping you bear your burdens. The Stephen Minister takes time to listen and talk about your situation. Taking the circumstances to the Lord in prayer is the most valuable tool used in the healing process.
How can I start receiving care from a Stephen Minister?
Contact Pastor Joe Wingard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-482-1250. Pastor Joe or one of the Stephen Leaders will talk with you to learn more about your challenges, which will help them identify a Stephen Minister to walk alongside you.