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Our next Grief Share class begins on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m.
To register, please contact
Pastor Dennis Ball
What is Stephen Ministry?
The Stephen Ministry provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – in the congregation.
Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.
The Stephen Ministry Difference
With Stephen Ministry,
Don’t carry the burden of being the congregation’s sole caregivers.
Have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.
Reach more of the congregation with quality Christian care.
Discover, cultivate, and use the spiritual gifts they have been blessed with.
Find all aspects of their lives enriched by the distinctively Christian caregiving skills they learn and practice.
Grow spiritually as they experience the Lord’s loving presence in community with other Christian caregivers.
The Entire Congregation
Becomes a more loving community that is sensitive and responsive to people’s need for care.
Is able to provide more quality Christian care so that fewer people slip through the cracks.
Sees itself not as only being served by the pastors but as a caring body of believers actively involved in serving one another in love.
People who are hurting
No longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.
Stephen Minister Training
Our Stephen Leaders, who were trained at a weeklong Leaders Training Course will recruit, select and train members of our congregation to be Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving skills. This training involves general topics as listening skills, feelings, assertiveness and boundaries, and specialized topics like how to minister to someone experiencing grief, divorce, a terminal illness, and more.
Please consider this wonderful ministry of caring for others.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
At Cape Coral First we have discerned that our purpose is ‘To Make Disciples of Jesus for the Transformation of the World.’ To do that our Church Council, along with other church leaders, came together to put in place a vision plan for the next five years. This plan seeks to build from our strengths: worship, leadership, and small/study groups. It also seeks to transform our facilities so they are better equipped as venues for ministry as well as add new ways for our church to reach out into the community.
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