Peninsula Community Chapel is a Stephen Series congregation. The Stephen Series is the overall ministry system that PCC uses to equip laypeople to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people. These laypeople are named Stephen Ministers and are trained to provide the Christ-centered care to individuals facing difficult times in their life. Whether its bereavement, cancer, divorce, financial difficulties, spiritual crisis or any other life struggle, Stephen Ministers show up to walk alongside the hurting individual and provide comfort and support for as long as needed.
Learn more about what Stephen Ministers are and do in this video from McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia
Stephen Ministry Care Receivers Share Their Stories
What does the Stephen Ministry Logo mean?
The logo Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person. The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives as a result of our sin. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole. The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God’s unending love for us.
What do Stephen Ministers do?
Stephen Ministers are trained for 50 hours by their congregation’s Stephen Leaders to learn how to provide Christ-centered one-to-one care for hurting individuals. After training, a Stephen Minister is assigned as a care giver to one individual who has agreed to receive care and will typically meet with this person on a weekly basis for one hour each week. Assignments are made male to male and female to female. The Stephen Minister listens, cares, encourages, prays and provides emotional and spiritual support. Stephen Ministers will also attend continuing education courses and twice monthly supervision. The caring relationship between a care giver and care receiver generally lasts for as long as the care receiver needs care.
What are Stephen Leaders?
Stephen Leaders are pastors, church staff members, and lay leaders who have attended a Leader’s Training Course to be equipped to direct Stephen Ministry in their congregation. The Stephen Leaders at PCC are Bob Bryant, Marc Santarsiero and David Shriner. If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry at PCC please see one of them or email email@example.com.
How Does Stephen Ministry Benefit PCC?
Stephen Ministry provides many benefits to congregations like PCC. Care receivers, those who are hurting and need care, benefit from having someone who will walk alongside them for a time to help bear their burden. Pastors benefit by having a team of trained care givers who can provide ongoing Christ-centered care to more people than the pastors could provide on their own. It also allows the pastors to invest more time in other important ministry areas. Stephen Ministers also benefit by growing in faith, feeling revitalized, learning how to truly care for others and show genuine love, and growing closer to Christ.
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