Stephen Ministries schedules workshop

1/23/2009

Churches seeking to help others facing hard times can be much more effective if they have trained lay caregivers.

Galloway United Methodist Church will host a Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop at 9 a.m. Jan. 24. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. The half-day workshop consists of three sessions designed both to enhance participants’ caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry.

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 30 years. 

In “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” participants learn about the grief process – the stages of grief and how to effectively minister to people in each of those stages. 

The second session provides an introduction to the Stephen Series, a system of lay caring ministry through which congregation leaders can equip members to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in need. 

The final session explains “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.” Participants learn what makes the Christian caregiving unique and how they can use resources like prayer, blessings, and Scripture in their caring for others. 

The 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 to attend the Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop at Galloway UMC, contact Stephen Ministries at 314-428-2600 or you can also register at www.caringministry.org.