Stephen Ministry

 

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).  


Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield     

We are excited to be launching this powerful ministry of care at First Presbyterian Haddonfield, supporting our commitment to "honor and care for all people acting as family in Christ." Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that provides one-to-one, confidential, Christian care to hurting people in our congregation and community, bringing Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving or experiencing any number of life’s difficulties. Our Stephen Leaders will begin training Stephen Ministers in September 2022 with a goal to actively begin this ministry in January 2023.

Who Are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members who receive extensive training to minister to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge, or simply going through a tough time. They typically meet with their care receivers once a week for an hour and are trained to listen patiently, without judging, to assist their care receivers process feelings. They participate in regular support and supervision twice a month under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders for purposes of ongoing evaluation and continuing education. Stephen Ministers are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship. For more information about the Stephen Ministry's history and worldwide scope, click here: What is Stephen Ministry?

Note that a Stephen Minister is not a counselor or therapist and does not take the place of a pastor. 

Meet Our Stephen Leaders
First Presbyterian's Stephen Leaders, Joyce Stout, Lisa Hurd, Rev. Nikki Passante, and Carol Carty, have received 50 hours of training in the tools and resources of this powerful ministry of care through Stephen Ministry-St. Louis. Through 2022, they will be introducing this ministry to the congregation, working with the Reverend Nikki Passante, who will serve as advisor and Referrals Coordinator.

Please be in touch with Carol, Lisa, Joyce or Pastor Nikki if you have questions, would like to have a conversation about this ministry, or want to know how to get involved. The Stephen Ministry email address is stephenministry@haddonfieldpres.org.


                                                         

 

First Presbyterian Church
OF HADDONFIELD


20 King's Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
(856) 429-1960


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