Stephen Ministry Program
When you see people who are sad, lonely, or grief-stricken, don’t just tell them you care—show them you care. Ask how they are, listen to what they have to say, share the love of Jesus. And, encourage them to consider Stephen Ministry. You can make a real difference in their life. Call Harper Chapel at 573-348-2617 if you want to refer someone to Harper Chapel’s Stephen Ministry.
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
Stephen Ministers. . .
Reassurance (of God’s love) and
If you would like to talk with a Stephen Minister who “caares,” please contact the church office.
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5
Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry?
People Who Need Care . . .
Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis, when many others have forgotten about them
Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister
Our Pastors . . .
No longer shoulder the entire burden of caring in the congregation, as if the pastor were the only one able, willing, or called to do this ministry
Receive support and care from the lay people who are part of the congregation’s Stephen Ministry Team
Reach more members of the congregation with quality Christian care
Experience renewed joy and satisfaction as they equip others and so extend the reach of their own ministries
Have more time to focus on the ministries that only the pastor can do
Our Lay People . . .
Discover, cultivate, and use the spiritual gifts they have been blessed with
See themselves as active partners in the mission and ministry of the church
Find all aspects of their lives enriched by the distinctively Christian caregiving skills they learn and practice
Experience great joy as they see God working through them to bring hope and healing to a hurting person
Grow spiritually as they experience the Lord’s loving presence in community with other Christian caregivers
Our Entire Congregation . . .
Discovers that many members want to be involved in meaningful ministry and will respond to the call to become a Stephen Minister or Stephen Leader
Becomes a more loving community that is more sensitive and responsive to people’s needs for care
Is able to provide more quality Christian care, so that fewer people slip through the cracks
Is able to reach out to the unchurched who are hurting and introduce them to the healing love of Jesus in their time of need
Sees itself as not only being served by the pastor, but as a caring body of believers actively involved in serving one another in love