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Stephen Ministry

One-to-one Christian Care for Hurting People

Overbrook Church, through its Stephen Ministry program, provides one-to-one Christian care for individuals who are facing difficult life issues such as job loss, divorce, grief, serious illness, relocation or any other of life’s transitions and challenges. Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress or loneliness you may be experiencing. God does not intend for you to struggle alone.

The Stephen Ministers are trained lay volunteers. They provide care by listening, supporting, encouraging and praying as God provides cure. The care is confidential, with only the care receiver, the Stephen Minister, and a Stephen Leader aware of the caring relationship. In some cases, one of the pastors may suggest that a person request a Stephen Minister. The Stephen Minister and the care receiver, always the same sex, typically meet for one hour each week.

Overbrook’s Stephen Leaders are Carol Bessey, Tschera Connell, and Fred Connell (see contact info below). If you would like to receive care, please talk to one of them or to one of the pastors.

If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry and its founding, check out these two videos produced by PBS:

Stephen Ministry
Rev. Kenneth Haugk Extended Interview

Additionally, Overbrook offers guidance from our Stephen Ministry program to journey with those who grieve. A series of booklets on grieving are sent to the family of the deceased throughout the first year after memorial services held at our church.

Stephen Ministry Training:
The ability to listen is the primary qualification for a Stephen Minister. Training helps Stephen Ministers enhance their skills in and ability to listen to, care for, pray with and encourage others. These are skills that Stephen Ministers and all of us can use throughout our lives, but especially in the Stephen Ministry program. If you have an interest in developing these skills and putting them to use, consider training as a Stephen Minister! About once each year, Overbrook’s Stephen Leaders offer training for people who would consider serving as a Stephen Ministers. Contact Tschera or Fred Connell (614-846-2479), or Carol Bessey (614-263-4869) for more information.

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