First Presbyterian Church

IN WESLACO

709 SOUTH IOWA AVENUE WESLACO, TX 78596 PH. 956.969.1535

Hope

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of First Presbyterian Church receive extensive training to provide Christian care giving to members of our congregation and community. Stephen Ministry, a listening ministry, is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The responsibility for passing on God’s love is for all Christians, not just for a chosen few. God has given us all gifts for ministry and called us to put those gifts to use. People with special gifts for caring ministry can use those gifts to bring Christ’s love to people in need. We have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges. Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request or receive the level of care they really need. Stephen Ministry expands the care First Presbyterian Church can offer by equipping and organizing members to provide Christian care. Everyone benefits from Stephen Ministry. Those receiving care from Stephen Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis they face. Stephen Ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Our pastor benefits because caring ministry at First Presbyterian Church is expanded and fewer people will slip through the cracks. Most of all, you benefit from the knowledge that special care is available to you should you need it. In addition, you now have a resource to refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, relative or anyone else you know who is going through a difficult time so that they can receive special care when they need it most.