STEPHEN MINISTRIES

If you can't feed one hundred people, then feed just one

- Mother Teresa

 

What exactly is Stephen Ministries?

Stephen Ministries a ministry at Trinity in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.  Stephen Ministers have engaged in 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving, including general topics of: listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in caregiving.  In addition, their training covers specialized topics, such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging.  Stephen Ministers are compassionate, trustworthy, skilled, full of faith, and Christ centered.  We currently have 5 active Stephen Ministers.

Who do Stephen Ministers care for?

Care Receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers' care.  They are people from our church or community who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of a job, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, family crises, or any number of other life difficulties.  Stephen Ministers usually meet their care receivers once a week for about an hour, for as long as the care receiver will benefit from the relationship.  Stephen Ministers listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with their care receivers.  Stephen Ministers maintain strict confidentiality about their care receiver's identity and all information shared with them.

How can someone receive care from a Stephen Minister?

Pastor Mark Kvale coordinates referrals made to the Stephen Ministry.  If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, you can talk to Pastor Mark.  If you want to talk about Stephen Ministry for Someone else, make sure you get his or her permission first.  There is no cost for receiving care from a Stephen Minister.

Pastor Mark Kvale – Senior Pastor

Email: pastorkvale@gmail.com  –  Phone 608-487-2030

ABOUT US

We are rooted in the love of God, made known through Jesus Christ, and believe that we are called to share the gospel through word and deed.

Senior Pastor: Pastor Mark Kvale

CONTACT

608-269-5081

 

612 North Water Street

Sparta, WI 54656

 

office@tlcsparta.org

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