Old Bridge United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Our pastor will always be the first person people turn to, especially during times of crisis. But there are many more needs for ongoing, confidential, one-to-one care than he can effectively handle himself. There will be times when he will ask for a Stephen Minister to provide long-term emotional and spiritual care. When this occurs, the Stephen Ministry leadership team will interview the individual and select the Stephen Minister best suited to meet the individual's needs.
A Stephen Minister is a Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages. OBUMC's Stephen Ministry team are lay people who have been carefully selected and have completed a minimum of 50 hours of training. This training equips them to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
If you are experiencing life challenges such as loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual crises, unemployment, a chronic or terminal illness, aging and many more issues, please consider the support of a Stephen Minister. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in a caring relationship remains private. To request this support you may contact: Pastor Robinson or Stephen Ministry Leader, Pam Newberry.