When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
-John 21: 15-18
The Stephen Ministry Connection
Christ Caring For People Through People
Faith is a Stephen Ministry congregation.
What does this mean?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry that will help us train and organize some of our members to provide high-quality Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge such as grief, hospitalization, divorce, loss of job, relocation, loneliness, or other stresses in life.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of caring.
Congregation members of Faith Lutheran Church become the eyes and ears of Jesus, seeing and hearing the needs and struggles of others within our church.
How can you help?
If you are dealing with life struggles and need a Christian friend to listen, care, and be there for you, please consider asking for help by contacting a Stephen Leader, Pastor, or calling the church office.
If you know someone in our church who is going through a crisis or difficult time in his or her life and might benefit from Stephen Ministry, you can help by:
- Listening to, caring for, and praying with your friend.
- Asking your friend for permission to share his or her name with a Pastor or a Stephen Leader.
- Reminding your friend that all information given to Stephen Ministry will remain confidential.
- Once permission is given, notify a Stephen Leader as soon as possible. (Please do not report a friend’s name to a Stephen Leader without first asking for and receiving his or her permission.)
- Continue praying for your friend and the Stephen Ministry program at Faith.
To make a referral for care, receive care for yourself, or find out more about the Stephen Ministry program, make a Stephen Ministry Connection by calling the church office or one of the Stephen Leaders at Faith Lutheran Church.