Church to host Stephen Ministry workshop

On Saturday, March 16, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road, will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration begins at 8, and refreshments will be served. The half-day workshop consists of three sessions designed both to enhance participants’ caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry.

The workshop is sponsored by Stephen Ministries, the St. Louis-based Christian training organization that has been providing congregations with training and resources for Christian caregiving for more than 30 years. The workshop will be led by Reverend Neal Schooley, visiting from Birmingham, Alabama.

In the first session of the workshop, “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” participants learn about the grief process – the stages of grief and how to minister to people in each of those stages.

The second session provides an introduction to the Stephen Series, a system of lay caring ministry through which congregation leaders can equip members to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in need.

The final session of the workshop explains “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.” Participants learn what makes Christian caregiving unique and how they can use resources like prayer, blessings, and Scripture in their caring for others.

The cost of the workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information, or to register, contact Stephen Ministries at 314-428-2600, or online at