Epiphany Lutheran Church is a Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to one caregiving ministry. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of some crisis or tragedy. Larry Leanard & Pastor Leeland lead this ministry.
Vision Statement for Stephen Ministry
As a Christian congregation we hope to establish & practice Stephen Ministry skills so that we can Encourage, Enrich, and Enlarge our community with Christ’s presence through caring and love.
Our New Stephen Leaders
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord in my portion’, says my soul, ’therefore I will hope in Him”. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:21-25
I have had the privilege of serving as a Stephen Minister at Epiphany since 2016. In that time, I have witnessed the healing that God brings to His people through this ministry. In Stephen Ministry, we learn to “trust the process”. This means allowing God to provide the loving care that brings healing, strength and fullness of life. My recent experience with Stephen Leadership training served to expand my faith as well as my dedication to this ministry. I am excited to see how God will grow and strengthen Stephen Ministry in our congregation and our community.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5
Christ gave the perfect example of loving people and putting their needs before His own. God has given me a heart to love, serve and care for others. Last year I was blessed to be trained as a Stephen Minister. I learned to listen, care and walk along side those who may be going through a difficult time in their life, but allowing Christ to provide the healing. Recently I was given the opportunity to attend and complete a week long Stephen Ministry Leadership Training Course in Dallas along with Monica Heckner. With God's help and this additional knowledge, I look forward to working with our Pastors and other Stephen Ministry leaders to continue to grow this Christ-centered, caring ministry at Epiphany.
Epiphany Care Givers - Sherry Hines, Linda Gray, Kitty Darlow, Aleks Heckner, Bill Demko, Dana Nutt, Linda Green, Brenda Odhiambo.
Are You in need of a Stephen Minister?
.Stephen Ministers care for people who are:
In a crisis
In need of long-term care
Experiencing losses as they age
Going through a crisis of
The family and friends.
IS GOD CALLING YOU
The Stephen Ministry logo, with the broken person behind the cross and the whole person in front of the cross, symbolizes that we are all broken people and that it is only through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole. Stephen Ministers will help guide you in your journey from brokenness to wholeness.