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Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry is moving forward with eight members of our congregation committed to undergo the specialized training essential to become a Stephen Minister. Because of their perceived God-given gift of compassion and care giving, over forty persons were nominated by the congregation for consideration as Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers. A decision by eight members of this group to respond by committing to receive specialized training necessary to become a Stephen Minister followed an invitational dinner at the church on the third of January.  The program that evening included information sharing and team building for those interested in the Stephen Ministry. Page Campbell, a Stephen Leader at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the group and address concerns and questions.  She drew from her wealth of knowledge and experience with the Stephen Ministry in her church over the past 15 years and helped this group understand how the Stephen Ministry could be structured and developed to benefit God’s people in our church community.

Ann Scharf and Ed Hanson have committed to become Stephen Leaders and shepherd this ministry through its development phase.  They will receive professional leadership training by the Stephen Ministry Home Organization in St. Louis in April.  After which they will return to Seattle to organize and conduct a training program for those in our congregation who have committed to become Stephen Ministers.

More information about the Stephen Ministry is available through brochures and other publications located in the Narthex of the Sanctuary and Church Office.  Soon you will be able to follow progress of the Stephen Ministry by visiting: firstchurchseattle.org/caring.