TYLER – Individuals desiring to minister one-to-one through Christ-centered care are invited to attend a Feb. 22 Stephen Ministry workshop at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.
The workshop will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the 300 W. Erwin St. church, led by a team of ministers trained through the not-for-profit Christian educational organization, which was founded in 1975 by the Rev. Kenneth Haughk, Ph.D, a pastor and clinical psychologist, who began in his St. Louis congregation to assist with pastoral care, according to www.stephenministries.org.
Stephen Ministries “produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth.” Resources – used by churches and other organizations to strengthen and expand ministry – cover topics ranging from caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth and more, the site noted.
“Individuals use them to improve their ability to relate to and care for others, grow in faith and journey through life crises,” it added.
Today, a 40-person staff based in St. Louis, Missouri oversees the ministry, which is utilized in more than 13,000 congregations that more than 180 Christian denominations throughout more than two dozen other countries, including the U.S., the website stated.
Approximately 75,000-plus individuals have trained in leadership roles, overseeing and directing the Stephen Ministry in church congregations, while more than 600,000 laypeople are trained Stephen Ministers, who provide care to those who are hurting, it noted.
As a result, “more than 1.5 million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions more have been touched by Stephen Ministry in informal ways,” the site stated.
To learn more about the Feb. 22 event in Tyler, contact Stephen Ministry at 314-428-2600 or visit www.stephenministry.org/workshop.
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