THE COLUMNS – DECEMBER

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Stephen Ministries was founded in 1975 by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist. While the pastor of a St. Louis congregation, Dr. Haugk saw needs for care that exceeded what he alone as pastor could provide. The first Stephen Ministers were nine members trained by Dr. Haugk to work with him in providing caring ministry. The ministry was so successful that some of the Stephen Ministers suggested that this ministry be shared with other congregations. The rest is history. With 4200 members the needs for care certainly exceeds that which the
five pastors of First Methodist can provide. It is a blessing that our church has a cadre of well-trained Stephen Ministers to work with our pastors in providing a ministry of care to our congregation. As we conclude the calendar year, highlighted by the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, this can be a time of challenges. If you find yourself in need of a caring friend, please call Dr. Carl Rhoads (424-7771) in the church office.