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Covenant is a Stephen Ministry church. Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people. If you are going through a difficult time, consider having a Stephen Minister. If you know someone who is facing difficulties, suggest that they request Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministry is program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care, confidentially, to anyone in our community who is experiencing all sorts of life needs and circumstances.
Stephen Ministry is a nationwide program named after Stephen, the first of the deacons in the early church, commissioned by the apostles to provide care and comfort for the needs of the people in the Christian community. Today at Covenant and around the world, volunteer lay ministers who have completed intensive training and participate in on-going training, provide confidential, caring ministry to those experiencing a wide range of life needs or crises.
People who need care:
Our lay people:
Stephen Ministers are dedicated lay people who
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of intensive training which includes:
Confidentiality is the basis of all Stephen Ministry relationships. Anyone receiving care can be assured that his or her identity – and what is shared in a caring relationship – will remain private.
Simply visit or call Covenant United Methodist Church at 334-793-4440. You may speak to Rev. Kyle Gatlin, our Associate Pastor.
All contacts are made only with the person's permission.
Rev. Gatlin will meet with the person, explain how the Stephen Ministry works and then assign a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly or as-needed basis with the person. The Stephen Minster continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person in strict confidentiality.
Covenant offers the 50 hours of formal Stephen Ministry training beginning in September of each year. Our Stephen Ministers training classes meet at several different times during the week to accommodate the work and family schedules of our members. During the weekly training classes, we study listening skills and assertiveness, as well as how best to minister to someone with a particular need. Following the 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers attend peer supervision sessions for continuing education from our Stephen Leaders and encouragement from other Stephen Ministers.
Any person wanting to become a Stephen Minister needs only to have the desire to serve God by helping his fellow man.
To learn more about Stephen Ministries in general, outside of Covenant UMC, please click here.
Contact Kyle Gatlin for additional information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Kyle Gatlin