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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Stephen Ministry by Carol Kingery

Stephen Ministry   

by Carol Kingery

Galatians 6:2:  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.    

Second Baptist started our Stephen Ministry program in 2004. Our church leadership carefully planned and budgeted for our congregation’s commitment and involvement.  This program has been blessed over the years by good, solid financial support. In our first year, eight people attended the Leadership Training Conference and learned how to implement this life-changing ministry at our church. Upon their return, 10 people joined the first training class to become Stephen Ministers. Since that time, we’ve trained 17 more people. In addition to monetary support, you’ve affirmed us by commissioning Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders. You support our Service of Hope each year by bringing your friends and family. Most importantly, you serve as our eyes and ears and refer hurting people to receive Stephen Ministry care.   

Catalyst money is divided into three major areas: Our world, the greater Kansas City area, and the 2BC faith community. Our Stephen Ministry program has cared for 2BC members as well as for people beyond our faith community. We provide one-on-one distinctively Christian care to anyone going through a difficult season in their life. With 27 trained Stephen Ministers, we have touched dozens and dozens of people and made their journey less difficult. Tears of sadness often become tears of gladness. I wish I could tell you stories about some of these relationships, but, as you know, we’re a confidential group. Our ministry is successful primarily because of its confidentiality.   

But that doesn’t stop me from extending a deep and heartfelt THANK YOU for supporting Stephen Ministry. It is your ministry, and your Catalyst contributions make such a difference to a great many people. Thank you, 2BC, for your generosity.

Thank God, that through Catalyst, laypeople are highly trained, and use their training and compassion to meet the needs of hurting people. 
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