Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. – Isaiah 50:10
So much of life is like walking in the darkness. We never know what tomorrow may bring, little lone what will happen in five minutes. Even our best can easily turn into a disaster and the light of life can quickly become a dull glimmer or completely extinguished.
Stephen Ministry is about people walking with others through the dark times of life. Stephen Ministers are people who fear, love and trust in Jesus Christ who is the light of the world and who are following His light in this present darkness. Stephen Ministers are lay people carrying the light of hope and inviting those who sit in darkness to trust in the name of the Lord to lead them through their times of darkness.
If you feel you are sitting in a time of darkness in your life you might benefit from having a Stephen Minister. Please contact our church office for more information.
Dr. Kenneth Haugk, is the founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries St. Louis and in this interview Dr. Haugk shares about the beginning of Stephen Ministry, his personal experience receiving care, and how congregations like Trinity ELC have gotten involved with this lay caring ministry.
Since Dr. Kenneth Haugk began Stephen Ministry in 1975, it has reached over 13,000 congregations from more than 180 denominations in the United States and around the world. More than 600,000 laypeople have trained as Stephen Ministers, and they in turn have provided care to millions of hurting people.
The interview can be accessed here.