Welcome to Benton United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Inviting IN, Growing UP, and Sending OUT
Benton United Methodist Church
Is a Stephen Ministry Congregation
You may have heard by now that Benton United Methodist Church has become an Stephen Ministry Congregation. What does this mean? Benton UMC is beginning a ministry that will help us train and organize some of our members to provide quality care and extend the caring ministry our pastors already do. Our Stephen Ministry will be led by Guy Bradford who attended an intensive seven-day Leader's Training Course in Dallas to learn how to organize and direct Stephen Ministry at Benton UMC.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of Benton UMC are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation and community. This will multiply the amount of caring ministry Benton UMC can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ's healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life.
Why Stephen Ministry?
We have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges. Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request or receive the level of care they really need. With only two pastors for a congregation of 350 members, you can quickly see why it would be impossible for our pastors to meet every single need of every single person. Stephen Ministry expands the care Benton UMC can offer by equipping and organizing members to provide Christian care. This gives us a larger pool of people with the gifts, skills, and calling to bring Christ's love and care to those who need it most.
Who benefits from Stephen Ministry?
Everybody benefits from Stephen Ministry. Those receiving care from Stephen Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis they face. Stephen Ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Our pastors benefit because caring ministry at Benton UMC is expanded, and fewer people will slip through the cracks. Most of all you benefit from the knowledge that special care is available to you should you need it. In addition, you now have a place where you can refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, relative, or anyone else you know who is going through a difficult time so that they can receive special care when they need it most. Stephen Ministry makes Benton UMC a much more caring place!
Answer the call...be a Stephen Minister !