BUMC is in the process of becoming a Stephen Ministry Congregation. Applications from those interested in being a care-giver and/or taking the 50 hours of training are now being accepted. [Download Application] The application deadline is November 5. Interviews will be held in November and training will begin in January 2013.
Beginning in the summer of 2013, these newly trained Stephen Ministers will be prepared to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. This care will be available to our members as well as an outreach to those in the community.
With Stephen Ministry—
- Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and care giving gifts in meaningful ministry– serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.
- The Pastor doesn’t carry the burden of being the congregation’s sole caregiver. He will now have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.
- People who are hurting no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.
- Congregations have a practical, powerful way to:
“Equip God’s people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)
“Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“Go make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)
To financially support the launching of this ministry, please make checks payable to “Boynton UMC” and write Stephen Ministry in the memo line.