Compassion & Care

Jesus’ life and ministry were marked by unbelievable compassion for people. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and welcomed the outcast. We believe that following Jesus means that we must be people who first and foremost are compassionate to the world. 

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

-Galatians 6:2

What is Stephen Ministry? 

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love on another. Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

  • Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
  • Is your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?
  • Are you adjusting to a new job, a change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, a recent move?
  • Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.

What is a Stephen Minister? 

Stephen Ministers are well-trained and supervised lay caregivers who provide one-to-one, distinctively Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. Each Stephen Minister has completed a minimum of 50 hours of training and regularly attends ongoing training and peer group supervision. They typically have one care receiver at a time (men meeting with men, women with women) and meet with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, empathize, pray and provide emotional and spiritual support. A caring relationship continues for as long as the care receiver’s need persists.

What does a Stephen Minister Do? 

A Stephen Minister gives one-to-one, lay Christian care.

One-to-One: Stephen Ministers meet privately with one care receiver of the same gender.

Lay: Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised lay volunteers, not professional counsellors, therapists, pastors or physicians.

Christian: Stephen Ministers are Christians who care in the name of Christ. They are willing to talk about spiritual issues but won’t force them.

Care: Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting and encouraging, praying, being dependable and trustworthy, and maintaining confidentiality in their caregiving.

 

Get Connected With A Stephen Minister. 

If you or someone you know would benefit from a Stephen Minister caring for them or are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Stephen Leader Shane Butcher.

Shane Butcher

Stephen Ministry Leader

 

It hurts to lose someone.

Find help at GriefShare.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

How GriefShare works

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.

“Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Video seminar with experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus

After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection

During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

Grace Evangelical Free Church

211 11th Ave. SE, Elbow Lake, MN

Sunday Services at 10:30am

Office@gracefree.church

(218) 685-4679