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God Equips the Called

a reflection by Stephen Ministry Co-Leader, Detra Swenson. 

I did not choose to be a Stephen minister. God called me. I reminded him that Stephen ministry is a listening ministry and I am not a good listener. He reminded me that he does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called. And so he did—50 hours of training plus continuing education every year.

How has Stephen ministry enhanced my personal and spiritual growth?

I am learning to listen.

Through the seminars Stephen ministry sponsors, I have learned what to say to those who are hurting.

I have learned what resources there are for mental health issues.

We are looking forward to the next seminar coming May 15, 16 and 22. It deals with memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

I would invite you to become a part of this arm of the caring ministries at Messiah by participating in the seminars, receiving care, or being a Stephen minister.

Remember, God equips the called.

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