Who was Stephen? In the book of Acts 6:1-7, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need.
6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
What is a Stephen Minister? The short answer is, a Stephen Minister is a person trained to help and minister to others as they go through difficult times in their lives.
How do I know if Stephen Ministry is for me? If you have a heart for the hurting, are willing to serve, and commit your time to help someone in need, then you can become a Stephen Minister.
How does one become a Stephen Minister? In order to become a Stephen Minister, a person must go through weeks of classroom training, which includes study, devotions, lectures and activities. Upon completion of the training, you’ll be prepared when called upon to help someone in need.
If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, please contact Cindy Hawkins (210-336-8758) or Claudia Smith (830-388-0370.) We would love to sit with you and discuss more what Stephen Ministry is and how to become a part of this very much needed ministry.
In His love, Claudia Smith, Stephen Ministry Leader