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Stephen Ministry Leadership Training Begins

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Arcadia Community Church launches a Stephen Ministry program with three volunteers joining Pastor Larry in extensive leadership training. Mark Pocino, Kimberley Scholte, and Rosemary Allen have volunteered to go through a ten week training program to become Stephen Leaders. They will then train and support other congregants to be Stephen Ministers a Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Trainees learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.

Stephen Ministers are trained by their congregation’s Stephen Leaders using resources from Stephen Ministries St. Louis. The training they receive in the congregation equips them to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting making this new ministry a vital part of ACC's ministry to the congregation and community.

After being matched with a person experiencing a life crisis, the Stephen Minister meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need for care exists.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.

If you would like to become a Stephen Minister, see one of the Stephen Leaders, or Pastor Larry Ballenger, our Minister of Care and Visitation.