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