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Stephen Ministers Attend Spring Training

Six Holy Infant Stephen Ministers attended a training in Raleigh with a special presentation on Anger & Hurt.

On March 11, six members of the Holy Infant Stephen Ministry traveled to Raleigh as part of the ongoing formation continued after their initial 50 hours of training. The training featured two speakers, Omar King with Bridgehaven Counseling Associates and Pam Montgomery from Stephen Ministry St. Louis. King, who holds a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Counseling degree and Level 1 Certification as a Clinical Pastoral Educator, presented on the topic Anger & Hurt and Montgomery, who has more than 20 years of experience as both a Stephen Leader and a Stephen Minister, updated the ministers on developments from Stephen Ministry headquarters and allowed time for valuable Q&A. 

The training also touched on the book, Cancer - Now What?, as a resource for ministers and care receivers. This book from Stephen Ministries is a comprehensive how-to guide that helps cancer patients and their loved ones navigate the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges of cancer.

Quoting her Stephen Ministry resources, Lynn Sale, Pastoral Coordinator, said, "We simply want to help people to fulfill the greatest commandment, "to love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love one's neighbor as yourself." We want to provide guard rails for their hurt and anger that is biblical and healthy. Those guard rails are laid according to what helps maintain a posture of love and charity toward God and others."

Stephen Ministers are volunteers who offer confidential Christian care to those who seek prayerful, emotional support to deal with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. They have completed 50 hours of initial training and have committed to ongoing supervision and education twice a month during their two-year ministry commitment.

Since their commission in December of 2016, Holy's Infant's Stephen Ministers have served 7 care receivers. The next training for new Stephen Ministers will take place in the fall. Holy Infant is in particular need of male ministers. 

If you would like to receive pastoral care from a Stephen Minister, please contact Fr. Robert or Lynn Sale, Pastoral Associate, at 919-973-0018.