Category: Pastoral Care

Why Become a Stephen Minister?

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘you’re not alone’.” 
 ~Brene Brown Sounds easy enough….but it isn’t! As people who care about other people, there is a tendency to want to help…

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Is God Nudging You?

I’m sitting here in front of my computer wondering what I can say to fan into a flame that spark or nudge that God has spoken into your heart concerning Stephen Ministry. I know that there are potential Stephen Ministers among us, just as I know that God’s heart is for the hurting. I also…

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Grateful

I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ because He has saved me from a life of selfish self-centredness and sin. I am grateful that He has given me a heart for the hurting, and gifts of mercy and helps that fuel my passion to come alongside those who need love and support. I am…

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Stephen Ministry and the Elderly

While many attempt to portray “the golden years” as something to look forward to, the reality for many is that the years of retirement – relaxing and finally doing what has been put off for this time of leisure – are not as wonderful as was expected. As people age, there are a great many…

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The Time is Now

“I’m sorry, there’s no room at the Inn.” Over the past few months, I have received calls from individuals, Hospice Niagara, Bethany’s Pastoral staff, and referrals from community agencies who have requested the care and support of a Stephen Minister. There was the single mom going through a painful divorce and caring for a sick parent…

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Learning to Listen

What does it feel like to want to help someone so much and yet you can’t do anything but listen? To know exactly what the one you care about needs and yet you can’t give it to them? It feels amazing! What does it feel like to be an instrument in God’s hand? Awesome and…

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Grace in the Silence of a Coma

Every once in a while we are blessed with a grace-filled moment. This story is about one of those moments. It is not only a story about a mother named Donna who passed away after spending approximately 13 years in a coma, but about God’s grace reflected in her story. Donna was a mother in…

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