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Stephen Ministry at Weddington Church equips dedicated members with over 50 hours of training to offer compassionate Christian care to those facing life’s trials, such as divorce, grief, or job loss.

Jesus states in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” In addition, Paul tells us to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)

Stephen Ministry pairs trained lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers, with individuals in need of support. These ministers undergo comprehensive training in Christian caregiving, covering topics like active listening and setting boundaries. Care receivers, those facing life challenges, benefit from weekly hour-long sessions of empathetic listening, prayer, and support.

Confidentiality is paramount, ensuring trust in the caring relationship. To connect with a Stephen Minister or recommend someone for care (with permission), please contact Sandra Mckee at the church office.

Meet the Stephen Ministers

 

“Being a Stephen Minister has given me an opportunity to come alongside individuals who are hurting and listen, encourage, and be a loving and caring disciple of Jesus Christ. It can be as simple as taking their mind off the negative and being a positive light in their dark world. Jesus demonstrated love and compassion with every person He encountered and this is what God has called me to do in this stage of my life.”

 

“Why did I choose Stephen Ministry?  I don’t think I did. I think it chose me.  I was looking for more ways to serve our church and our community, and had a friend who was a Stephen Minister.  One evening, I was in the middle of my bible study and 2 Corinthians 4 was right before me:  He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God.” It was like God was telling me that this was the way for me to help serve. “

“I have had the privilege of being a Stephen Minister at Weddington Methodist Church since 2022. We were told consistently that the Stephen Minister would receive much blessing from the Lord by being used as an instrument in care for others. That has certainly been the case. In this journey of care, both the caregiver and the care receiver depend on the Lord for ultimate healing, deepening their relationship and aligning with the shared goal of glorifying Him.”

 

I have a passion for Stephen Ministry because I know how much a Stephen minister can be of help to people who are struggling.  Many years ago my wife Brenda passed away and I was having a difficult time. I had a Stephen minister assigned to me and he was a huge support. He listened and allowed me to be where I was emotionally, without trying to fix me. I could share as much or as little as I wanted. He accepted me right where I was. I encourage anyone who is looking for support to reach out and ask for a Stephen Minister. This decision will be one you will not regret.

“Serving as a Stephen Minister for the past 7 years has enriched my life, not only personally, but spiritually as well. Walking beside those who need comfort, encouragement, and unwavering love has been an honor. It’s a meaningful way to serve the Lord.”

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

This scripture speaks to the heart of Stephen Ministry.  I was drawn to serve in this ministry because God has comforted and encouraged me greatly, and through that I can in turn help others.  I have loved the close bond I have formed with my care receivers through the years.  Each has been unique. Each has been fruitful for my care receiver and myself.  And each has brought us into a closer relationship with God.  I am so thankful to be a part of this beautiful ministry!

“I was introduced to the Stephen Ministry through a friend from another congregation. After joining Weddington Church, I learned that we had an active and respected Stephen Ministry. I felt a strong need to join and feel very blessed to have now served as a Stephen Minister for 5 years. For me, it has been a wonderful way to share in God’s work and give back to others.”

 

 

“There have been several times in my life when God sent someone to help me through a difficult time. Becoming a Steven Minister was my way of giving back, hoping to be a conduit of God’s love for others. I quickly learned it would be so much more because you cannot outgive God. I have been blessed by and grown through each caring relationship.”

“Having previously received Christian-based care from a Stephen Minister, I was led to give back through this ministry. Since completing the Stephen Minister training in 2022, I have found the experience to be every bit as rewarding.

It is my prayer that the Stephen Ministry program at Weddington Methodist Church not only continues to grow and thrive but to extend its reach within our community to provide love, support, and compassion to those walking through challenging times in their lives.”

 

“My primary focus in ministry has centered on Bible Translation, assisting those without access to Scriptures they can comprehend. I’ve also been intrigued by those who possess knowledge of the Scriptures but lack the expected impact. While understanding the truth intellectually does not always translate to heartfelt transformation, it should. Stephen Ministry presents an opportunity for me to walk alongside individuals, aiding them in more effectively integrating God’s truths into their daily lives.”