Stephen Ministries

 

 

     Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of                  Christ (Galatians 6:2)

 

 

     Lake Norman Lutheran Church is a Stephen Ministry congregation.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men; women with women.

Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community. Congregations receive a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people. Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others. People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.

To find out more about Stephen Ministry, or to request a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Marquardt at 704-562-9104, or email: pastorlnlc@gmail.com. Your request and information will be kept confidential.

 

To find out more about Stephen Ministries, please visit: www.stephenministries.org/

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