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Stephen Ministry

Sometimes it's comfortable to do things the same old way: buy the same brand of breakfast cereal every week, drink from a favorite coffee mug every day, snuggle into that old sweater that's  a little too small. But sometimes it is good to stretch into something new. Stephen Ministry may be where God is calling you to S-T-R-E-T-C-H. A new training class is beginning in January 2015.

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation  who receive special training to provide one-on-one Christian caregiving to Atonement members and friends who are experiencing life’s problems. 

A Stephen Minister serves as a non-judgmental Christian friend who meets periodically with the care receiver in a quiet setting to listen, ask questions and otherwise provide support. All conversations are held in strict confidence, as is the identity of the care receiver to the other Stephen Ministers and the congregation.

Stephen Ministries' core purpose can be summed up in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. "To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).

If you or someone you know could benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister, please talk with one of Atonement Lutheran‘s Stephen Ministers (blue name tags at our three weekend services) or call

Cherri Jestmore (913) 648-0595, ext 26
Associate in Ministry
Director of Caring Ministries

Bonnie Johnson (913) 732-2165

Jan Allerheiligen (913) 221-2408

Marilyn Ross (913) 645-4032

Kathy Vannoy (913) 901-8321

 Stephen Leaders and Newly Commissioned Stephen Ministers - 2013

Begins Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
This 50 hour training class is for those interesed in becoming a Stephen Minister

Stephen MInisters are congregation members who are recruited, selected, and extensively trained and commissioned to provide one-to-one lay caring ministry to persons in crisis or with other needs for care. They participate in Supervision Group once a month.

Think you might be interested in becoming a trained Stephen Minister?  Contact Bonnie Johnson at 732-2165, or Cherri Jestmore 648.0595,