Stephen Ministry

What is a Stephen Minister?  A Stephen Minister is a Christian layperson who is trained to be a caregiver for a person going through a difficult time in her/his life.  A Stephen Minister is a person with a compassionate heart who has been equipped with the skills to listen, encourage, and offer support and prayers when someone is in need.  A Stephen Minister can be that help for you or someone you love in a confidential manner and in a non-judgmental way.  Referrals can come from a concerned friend, family member, clergy.

In what kind of circumstances might one need a Stephen Minister?  A Stephen Minister would provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to hurting people who might be experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation, chronic illness, job loss, loneliness, spiritual crisis, or other life struggles.

If you have a need, contact Rev. Jennifer Blake at  jblake@fpcomaha.org or Dr. Jonathan Sloan at  jsloan@fpcomaha.org.  They can also be reached by phone, (402) 345-5383.   The contact and ministry are totally confidential.

The Stephen Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Omaha is affiliated with Stephen Ministry of St. Louis, MO.

 

February Stephen Ministry

The winter weather we’ve had recently can be symbolic of what may sometimes happen in life. A crisis hits, and we feel like we’re buried beneath a drift of snow. Relationships can become icy, or we can feel frozen by life circumstances. Little difficulties build up like slush, making us slip and slide, causing every decision to seem treacherous. Life seems dreary, and we begin to doubt that spring will ever come. We can wonder, “Is God even there?”

Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential Christian care, giving you the emotional and spiritual support you need to make it through a winter in your life. If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister please talk with Pastor Jenni.