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Stephen Ministry

Care for our Congregation and Community

At some point we all have a need for care of some kind. You might have a complication or conflict or crisis. All these categories are worthy of having a person come alongside you, to be with you and care for you.

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crises
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovering after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministers are members of Sierra Grace Fellowship who have been through extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists.

If you or someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders: Mick and Liz Holsclaw 888-1987, Mike and Toni Keyes 367-3849 or Jan Muff 368-2921.

Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God's love and care into your life.

 

Stephen Ministry is a "sport for real men"!

Bill Arnsparger spent 23 seasons as an NFL coach with stops in Baltimore, Miami, New York and San Diego. He currently serves as a Stephen Minister for Torrey Pines Christian Church in La Jolla, California

"Before I retired from coaching, my team was in the Super Bowl six times. I thought nothing would ever match that. Being a Stephen Minister has also been one of the greatest experiences in my life," says Bill Arnsparger of Torrey Pines Christian Church in La Jolla, California. Most recently Coach Arnsparger was defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers before retiring in 1994.

During his career in professional sports, Arnsparger had heard about Stephen Ministry several times. "I knew it was important to have time to devote to this ministry," Arnsparger says. "So I waited until the right time in my life to get involved. The hours I've invested in Stephen Ministry have brought me closer to the Lord and to others in my congregation."

"I find serving as a Stephen Minister very rewarding," says Coach Arnsparger, who encourages other men to serve. "It's an opportunity to work with people and really help them."

Occasionally men wonder if Stephen Ministry is really right for them. Coach Arnsparger shows that following Jesus' example in giving and receiving care is truly a "sport for real men."