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Stephen Ministry

Who Is Stephen?

Almost every weekend during our services you may hear our pastors make mention of coming to the front for prayer and being prayed for by our Pastors, Elders and Stephen Ministers. Perhaps you are one of the many who have wondered who or what is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministries is an independent not for profit Christian organization which was founded in the United States in 1975.  The organization draws its name from St. Stephen.  In the book of Acts, Chapter 6, Stephen was chosen to provide care to those in need.  Since the days of the Apostles, caring ministry has been a hallmark of Christian faith communities—and is at the heart of all we do.

Stephen Ministry is a support system for people in the community who are hurting emotionally.  The process is cloaked in anonymity. This distinctly Christian care takes place once a week for an hour and continues until healing is complete.  The service is free of charge.  The ministers themselves have had 50 hours of training and preparation as well as bimonthly continuing education classes to learn to listen and come to the support of those in need of one on one care.

Coming up November 26 we are excited to be commissioning 9 new Stephen Ministers at Abundant Grace. If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry please email stephenministry@agifshanghai.com