Stephen Ministry is a community through which members of Countryside UCC are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation who are in the midst of issues such as grief, loneliness, terminal illness, or a crisis in job, marriage, or family. Those receiving care from Stephen Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis they face. Stephen Ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Our pastors benefit because caring ministry at Countryside is enriched and expanded with more people being able to experience care and sense of belonging.
Stephen Ministry began in 1975 when Dr. Kenneth Haugk, a Lutheran pastor and psychologist, saw that there were many more needs for care in his congregation than he alone could meet. Dr. Haugk drew from his background in pastoral care and clinical psychology to train nine of his parishioners to provide biblically based, psychologically sound, one-on-one care. The ministry was so successful that it quickly drew the attention of other congregations. Today more than 8,000 congregations from 100 denominations are involved in Stephen Ministry.
If you would like to speak with a Stephen Minister or want more information on becoming a Stephen Minister, contact:
Jan Brown, Pastoral Care Coordinator
402.391.0350 ext. 117