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Life can bring times of sorrow, shock, fright, illness and other situations that lead us to feel the need of a person of wisdom and caring to help support us during the situation.
At such times, the Pastoral Care Team of Christ Church is available to work with you through those challenging times in your life and in your family's life. You can reach them by calling the church office at 801-486-5473, Tuesday through Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM. You may also email Pastor Jean or Pastor Pat.
Stephen Ministry at Christ UMC
Kitty Borrowman is the leader of this care giving group of volunteers. Each person in the group must complete training and attend weekly meetings with the group to become a Stephen Minister and continue serving. Each participant is assigned a care receiver for a period of time. All assignments and knowledge of the care receivers is privileged information, not revealed to each other among the Stephen Ministers nor with others. You may contact Kitty Borrowman for further information and to request care for yourself or a loved one. Email or 801-486-5473.
The Core Purpose (Mission) of Stephen Ministries
Stephen Ministries' Core Purpose is summed up in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:
"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).
In 1975 Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a pastor and clinical psychologist, saw that people's needs for care in his congregation and community far exceeded what he alone could provide. He developed materials to train congregation members to provide quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals experiencing a life crisis. Upon completion of their training, he commissioned them as "Stephen Ministers" and linked them with people with a variety of needs for care. "Stephen Ministry" was so successful in his church that other congregations wanted to become involved. Dr. Haugk then founded the Stephen Ministries organization and developed the Stephen Series, which now has been implemented in more than 11,000 congregations representing more than 150 Christian denominations. More than 500,000 laypersons have been trained as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have ministered to more than a million care receivers. [A person experiencing a life crisis or challenge who receives the caring ministry of a Stephen Minister.] The needs of care receivers may include divorce, loss of a loved one, hospitalization, terminal illness, loneliness, relocation, unemployment, retirement, empty nest, and other life transitions.