John Knox Presbyterian Church to Host Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop

Providing Practical Ministry Skills

JKC_logo_noBGAre there hurting people in your church or community whose needs are going unmet? Can you imagine the difference it would make to have 10 or 20 lay caregivers in your church who are well-trained and ready to respond to people in need? More than 12,000 churches have learned an effective, proven strategy for equipping laypeople to provide high-quality, distinctively Christian care.

On Saturday, April 1, John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmsted will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and refreshments will be served. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for church leaders and other members to learn about the Stephen Series, a ministry system that equips and mobilizes laypeople for effective caring ministry.

The half-day workshop is designed both to enhance participants’ caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. Due to the active 27- year Stephen Ministry program at John Knox and the dedicated support of pastors, The Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan and Rev. Susanne Bendoraitis, Stephen Ministries in St. Louis asked John Knox to host this Workshop Dr. MacMillan states, “One reason we’re so excited about helping other congregations learn about Stephen Ministry is that it is making a significant difference in the life of our own congregation. Over the past twenty-seven years, John Knox Stephen Leaders have taught twelve Stephen Ministry classes – 81 members have undertaken 50 hours of training to become Stephen Ministers – 18 are currently active in providing crucial quality one-to-one care to hurting people in our congregation and throughout our community. The workshop is sponsored by Stephen Ministries, the St. Louis-based Christian training organization that has been providing congregations with training and resources for Christian caregiving for more than 40 years. The workshop will be led by Pam Montgomery, from St. Louis. The half-day workshop will feature 3 sessions: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief; An Introduction to Stephen Ministry; How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way

A Highly Affordable Workshop

SMIW_logoThe cost of the workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register for the Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, call Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600. You can also register online at www.stephenministry.org/workshop.

John Knox Address: 25200 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070

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