Stephen Ministers are the After People
Our Stephen Ministers come alongside you …
. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and emotions you held at bay come crashing in.
. . . after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
. . . after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
. . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
. . . after family and friends heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
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After … that’s when these men and women are there for you, or for your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives in the Prosper area. Trained to provide one-to-one support to people experiencing a difficult time in life, Stephen Ministers come alongside you for as long after as needed. Because PUMC houses the only Stephen Ministry in Prosper, they serve not only church members but anyone in the community.
The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6). Like the Apostles, more on-going needs exist than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Pastors can’t always be there week in and week out for everyone in need. But a Stephen Minister can. “We’re care-givers; God is the cure-giver,” said Stephen Leader Lynn Lish. “We’re not about producing outcomes. Instead, we’re about just showing up to share the love of Christ with that person.”
Stephen Ministers begin a caring relationship when he/she is matched with a person experiencing a life slump or crisis. The Stephen Minister meets with that person weekly. “We don’t fix anything,” says Stephen Leader Mike Lish. “But we do listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support for as long as needed.”
As one care receiver shared, “The time I spent with my Stephen Minister was the only time in the week when I could truly focus on my own needs. She was there, just for me.”
One of the best gifts you can give yourself – or someone else going through a life upheaval – is a Stephen Minister. Just contact Lynn Lish at firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential conversation.
Lynn & Mike Lish, Marilyn Cintron, Susan Cox, Cheryl Weatherly, Joel Forrest, and Pat & Jim Sheehy: Thank you for coming alongside another and serving as their reminder of God’s presence. Your ministry is God’s love in action and serves as an anchor in uncertain times helping others know they are never alone.
~With Love, Your Church Family