Want to learn to be an active listener and reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, October 20th, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Registration begins at 8:00am, and refreshments will be served. The half-day workshop consists of three sessions designed both to enhance participants’ caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry.
“The needs for care in our congregation and community were much more than the pastors could handle alone,” said Reverend Winnie Gaines. “So we enrolled in the Stephen Series and are now equipping our members to provide quality one-to-one Christian care.” The workshop is sponsored by Stephen Ministries, the St. Louis-based Christian training organization that has been providing congregations with training and resources for Christian caregiving for more than 30 years.
In the first session of the workshop, “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” participants learn about the grief process—the stages of grief and how to minister to people in each of those stages. They’ll gain the skills and confidence to better care for individuals who are grieving.
“Stephen Ministry helps our members fulfill their Christian calling to love one another,” said Rev. Winnie Gaines. “Loving and caring for people isn’t just the pastor’s job—all Christians are called to minister to one another. We really look forward to this workshop as a way of helping others become aware of this calling.”
The second session provides an introduction to the Stephen Series, a system of lay caring ministry through which congregation leaders can equip members to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in need. Since 1975, more than 11,000 congregations representing more than 150 denominations have implemented the Stephen Series.
Over the past 35 years, over 300 members of Trinity Cathedral have undertaken 50 hours of training to become Stephen Ministers; 70 of them are currently active. Each meets weekly with someone who is experiencing a life crisis or challenge, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, hospitalization, the loss of a job, loneliness, or relocation.
“Being a Stephen Minister has been a blessing to me,” said Stephen Minister Susan Wilson. “I have grown so much spiritually through the experience of seeing God work through me to touch the life of my care receiver.”
The final session of the workshop explains “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.” Participants learn what makes Christian caregiving unique and how they can use resources like prayer, blessings, and Scripture in their caring for others.
The cost of the workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information, or to register to attend the Stephen Ministry Workshop at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, please contact Stephen Ministries at: 314.428.2600. You can also register online at www.stephenministry.org/workshop.
“I encourage people to attend,” said Rev. Winnie Gaines. “Participants will go home with practical ministry skills and an excellent understanding of how they can organize the members of their congregation for caring ministry through the Stephen Series.”
WHEN: October 20, 2012, 9am to 1pm
WHERE: Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
COST: $15 per person, or $50 for four or more from the same congregation
Mon, September 17, 2012
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