After several years of dormancy, Shepherd of the Hills is re-initiating a significant program of its caring ministry, Stephen Ministries.
Those who have gifts of mercy and encouragement, and a call to serve those facing life challenges or difficulties, are invited to consider becoming a Stephen Minister. The 50-hour training program, which begins in January and completes in May, includes topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in care giving. In addition, training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging. The training will be held on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:30, with one Saturday retreat and an occasional Sunday afternoon. It will be hosted and led by Stephen Leaders Julie Demaree and Laurel Calhoun, and Stephen Minster Dinah Strayhorn.
Stephen Ministry training combines sound theological principles with contemporary psychology. The skills that Stephen Ministers learn and practice prepare them to provide a very high level of Christian care-giving. The training is intense because it explores some serious life issues, but it is also a growth-producing and enjoyable experience. One way to ensure high level of care is that ministers go through a thoughtful application and interview process, and are asked to make a two-year commitment, including their training.
More than a half-million people in more than 10,000 churches worldwide have gone through Stephen Ministry training since the ministry began in 1975. For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Training Coordinator Julie Demaree at 512-695-1544 or moc.liamgnull@424eilujeiluj.
Watch for updates! An informational meeting will be held in December.