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While we celebrate many joys in our Life in Christ, Together and for Others, there are times when we need help or even face challenges and crises that can be overwhelming: crises such as the loss of a loved one, chronic or acute illness, divorce, moving to a new location, postpartum blues or loss of job. FPC Missoula has a number of caring programs to stand by and support our church family during those times.
Our Deacons are instrumental in helping us reach out in many ways, offering support and encouragement to those around us. Here are some ways they help:
For more information on Deacons or if you are interested in becoming a Deacon, send us an email by clicking here.
Everybody is broken in one way or another. Losses, crises, and other painful life events show our brokenness and drive us to Jesus for healing and hope. In the cross, Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. In Him we find the healing we need. Stephen Ministers bring hurting people to Jesus' cross, there to find healing and hope.
The Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian caring ministry in which clergy and laity work together to provide quality one-to-one care to meet the needs of people experiencing a wide range of life circumstances or crises. Stephen Ministers engage in a caregiving relationship that focuses on the unique needs of one person and that lasts as long as the needs exist. The types of care offered includes:
Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide Christian care-giving by completing 50 hours of training and then attending bimonthly supervision and continuing education sessions.
The key to a successful Stephen Ministry is strict confidentiality and supervision. Only the pastor, Referral Coordinator and care-giver know the name of the care-receiver. This allows God, the cure-giver, to work in a loving non-judgmental atmosphere.
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For more information on the Stephen Ministry or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, send us an email by clicking here.