"Love one another ... as I have loved you." John 13:34

 

"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

 

 

The History of the RCCC Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry was formally announced and established in RCCC in November 2010.  The Mandarin congregation immediately recruited coworkers.   The Stephen Ministers, after completing their training, were officially commissioned by the church pastors and elders to start serving in the church in August 2011.

The Cantonese congregation coworkers likewise prayerfully sought God’s guidance to start Stephen Ministry at a suitable time.  In July 2014 the church sent two coworkers to Texas for training,  who upon completion started to introduce and promote the ministry in the Cantonese congregation, to enable more people to understand and be willing to receive or refer others who might need caring from the Stephen Ministers.  Through prayers Stephen Ministry has been introduced to different fellowship groups and at various meetings.    At the beginning of 2015, the Cantonese congregation began recruiting coworkers for the ministry and started the first year of training in September.   There were five members who participated in training.   They were commissioned in March 2016 after completing the training and have begun to serve in the ministry.    Since the launching of Stephen Ministry, God enabled the ministers to have the opportunities to walk alongside those who face various circumstances and difficulties, to share with them the love of Christ.  May God continue to use this ministry so that more people may receive the comfort and help that came from God.

              

·       VISION 

People who are in need receive care!

 

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CORE VALUES

1.    A lay ministry

2.    Build Christians as caregivers

3.    Caring through teamwork

 

·       MISSION 

As part of the Caring Ministry of RCCC, to function effectively and to share the love of Jesus Christ by providing one-to-one confidential and Christian care to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges and difficulties.

 

·       Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who:

 

1.    Express God's care through their lives to others

2.    Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts

3.    Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training

4.    Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care

5.    Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen leaders

6.    Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship

7.    Serve for at least two years

8.    Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service


 

Upon completion of the training program, our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastors and Stephen leaders to reach more people with Christian care than the pastors can reach by themselves.


 A Stephen Minister is not...

1.    A professional counselor or therapist

2.    Someone who runs errands or helps with chores

3.    A problem-solver

4.    A casual visitor

 

·       Caring targets by Stephen Ministry – Provides confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are

 

1.    Grieving the death of a love one

2.    Hospitalize or recovering from hospitalization

3.    Lonely or discouraged

4.    Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness

5.    Unemployed or in a job crisis

6.    Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member

7.    Moving or relocating

8.    New to the congregation or the community

9.    Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child

10. Homebound or institutionalized

11. Transitioning into retirement

12. Dealing with the crisis of aging

13. Facing a life transition

14. Experiencing a spiritual crisis

15. Victims of a disaster or accident

 

·       How You Can Support Our Congregation's Stephen Ministry

 

1.    Pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as they provide Christian care to others

2.    Pray for all who are receiving confidential care through the Stephen Ministry

3.    Tell Stephen Leaders about those who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister. Be sure to get that person's permission first.

4.    Tell others in our congregation about the availability of RCCC's Stephen Ministry, and the care it can provide.

5.    Receive Stephen Ministry support when you are in need of Christian care.

 

If you need additional information, please contact Stephen Leaders:

   Paster David Lam, 732-868-6700 ext. 322

   Veronica Lo, 732-266-2868

   James Lau, 732-501-2231