Stephen Ministry Update – August 2019

Hi Friends

As summer moves to September and as Lookouts for Stephen Ministry I though it necessary to send out a Stephen Ministry Newsletter to bring you up-to-date regarding Stephen Ministry and some new and exciting developments.

1) As you are aware we have commissioned five new Stephen Ministers and all are now ready to begin to be assigned care receivers and join our team of volunteers.

2) A few of our Stephen Ministers have had to withdraw from our part of the pastoral care at KGF due to other ministry obligations and/or work commitments.

3) We have twelve active Stephen Minister and five Stephen Leaders.

a. Stephen Ministers

i. Glenn Barbour
ii. Irene Dyck
iii. Denis Knox
iv. Becca Hendricks
v. Judy Lam
vi. Jeanette Martens
vii. Karen Newton
viii. Ron Redner
ix. Gaye Ringness
x. Helen Ryttersgaard
xi. Betty Urness
xii. Frank Wielmaker

b. Stephen Leaders

i. Wayne Laurie – Stephen Minister Leader
ii. Tasha Cross – Supervision Coordinator
iii. Barb Smuland – Referrals Coordinator
iv. Stacie Ziemer – Training Coordinator
v. Ruth Walper – Stephen Ministry Trainer

4) Stacie Ziemer has taken on an expanded role as our Training Coordinator. In addition to helping to recruit new Stephen Ministers and overseeing the training of new Stephen Ministers from Feb 2020 to June 2020, she will also be developing with Pastor Garth Walker a number of pastoral care workshops called “Practical Tools for Effective Caring” for those caring for family, friends and members of KGF beyond Stephen Ministry.

5) “Practical Tools for Effective Caring” will be drawing on our curriculum from the Stephen Ministry training but will be offered in two hour workshops. The initial topics they are considering are:

a. Learning to Navigate Strong Feelings in Caring Relationships
b. Learning to be an Effective Listener
c. Learning to Support People Versus Fixing Them
d. Learning to Relate Gently and Firmly through Assertiveness.
e. Learning Healthy Boundaries in Caring Relationships

6) Barb Smuland has agreed to be our new Referrals Coordinator as Stacie takes on an expanded role in training others. Referrals can continue to be made by sending emails to care@kgfchurch.com or by phoning the church and speaking to or leaving a message  for Colleen Enns, Ministries Assistant. When making referrals as Lookouts for Stephen Ministry, please ensure that you leave your name and number so that Barb can contact you to gain the necessary background information confidentially.

7) Support in identifying care receivers has been growing but we still need to find ways to unlock the male mindset who prefer to go it alone. David Fairfield has been helpful in designing some dynamic bulletin inserts and slides as we reach out to the needs of pastoral support for men. We have a wonderful group of men who stepped up to take the training to be Stephen Ministers and are willing and able to journey with those men who need a christian brother to walk with.

8) This fall we will be beginning again to look for those who might be interested in join us in Stephen Ministry. There are going to be information packages available and special opportunities to learn more about being a Stephen Minister over the fall.

Lastly, and earnestly I would like to thank you for being a supporter of Stephen Ministry. We look forward to continuing to be a part of the many aspects of pastoral care at KGF as we all respond to Christ’s call to love one another as He loved us.