Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay people trained to give Christian care to those in and around our church who are going through a period of crisis, e.g., bereavement or other loss, chronic illness, unemployment, and other life difficulties. This care consists of reflective listening and the use of Christian resources such as prayer and the Scriptures. Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors. Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and empathize, not tell people what to do. Stephen Ministers continually strive to be Christ Caring for People through People.
If you want to be a Stephen Minister, the training will be in January 2019. It involves 50 hours of your time, but so worth it to provide loving care to others. Or, if you need a Stephen Minister, contact Dian Ward at 702 750-0146. Come to our continuing GriefShare support group, on Tuesdays at 1:00 -2:30 pm. If you have suffered a loss, please join us! Contact Melody Edwards Becker at 702 683-5189 with any questions.

GOD’S LOVE IN ACTION There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties:

  • loss of a loved one
  • spiritual crisis
  • cancer
  • hospitalization
  • deployment
  • disability
  • discouragement
  • divorce
  • rehabilitation
  • job loss
  • loneliness
  • many other challenges

God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone.  That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation and why we have Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of care-giving training, so they can minister to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge or simply going through a rough time. A Stephen Minister will meet with you, privately and confidentially, on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, support and remind you of Christ’s presence in your life. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister, please:

  1. talk with Pastor Dendy or
  2. call Dian Ward at (702) 750-0146 or
  3. leave a message in the Church office.

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   Matthew 11:28

Stephen Ministry’s next sponsored event:

 
GriefShare, a grief recovery support group, is a 13 week program for members and non-members who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative, close friend, or loved one, recently or in the past.   The program is DVD based and covers such topics as living with grief, the effects of grief, God’s prescription for grief, and the question of “why?”

This group will meet in the Chapel from 1:00 to 2:30 pm every Tuesday from September 4 thru November 27, 2018.  Each class is self-contained; therefore one can miss a class without disruption to the program.   There is no cost for attendance.  We are registered on GriefShare.org   If you have questions, please contact Melody Edwards at 702-683-5189 or Carole Heierle at 702-473-5226.

 
 
Week Date Topic
Session 1 Sept. 4, 2018 Is This Normal?
Session 2 Sept. 11, 2018 Challenges of Grief
Session 3 Sept. 18, 2018 The Journey of Grief – Pt 1
Session 4 Sept. 25, 2018 The Journey of Grief – Pt 2
Session 5 Oct. 2, 2018 Grief and Your Relationships
Session 6 Oct. 9, 2018 Why?
Session 7 Oct. 16, 2018 Guilt and Anger
Session 8 Oct. 23, 2018 Complicating Factors
Session 9 Oct. 30, 2018 Stuck
Session 10 Nov. 6, 2018 Lessons of Grief – Pt 1
Session 11 Nov. 13, 2018 Lessons of Grief – Pt 2
Session 12 Nov. 20, 2018 Heaven
Session 13 Nov. 27, 2018 What Do I Live For Now?
   

 

 
For more current information, see the Messenger newsletter.
 

Dian Ward, our newest Stephen Ministry Leader, joined MVPC in 2015, and also serves as a Deacon.  She wishes to share a few things that she learned in April at the training conference in St. Louis:

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry in which the identity of those receiving care and everything discussed remains private.  Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide weekly one-on-one Christian care (emotional and spiritual) to people in the congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives, be it the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, spiritual crisis, divorce, job loss, or loneliness, to name but a few.

If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, please call our Stephen Leaders, 
Dian Ward (702) 750-0146,  Melody Edwards (702) 683-5189 or Pat Malfara  (702)242-8442.

God comforts us in our affliction so that we may comfort others as we were comforted by God .“                       2nd Corinthians 1-4