There are six Stephen Ministers from Church of the Covenant. The newest one, Dick Ensor, was commissioned on April 30, 2016, with approximately 20 other new Stephen Ministers from several churches around the area at a joint communion service at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church in Springfield, VA.
- People receive the care they need. Those going through challenges in life are connected with a Stephen Minister, who listens, cares, prays, and embodies Christ’s presence.
- Laypeople use their gifts in meaningful ways. Stephen Ministers experience deep joy and tremendous growth as they see God at work in and through them to touch people’s lives.
- Pastors no longer bear the caring ministry load alone. They know that members are bearing one another’s burdens, deepening and expanding their congregation’s caring ministry. All three groups—hurting people, Stephen Ministers, and pastors—experience Christ caring for people through people in a tangible, powerful way. If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry call Pastor Beth Goss at Church of the Covenant or Stephen Leaders Susan Tarr or Susanne Trible. They would be happy to talk with you about having a Stephen Minister for yourself or another family member.
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow,
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you tomorrow and every day.
Either He shields you from suffering or
He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside
all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
St. Francis de Sales