Click on the picture to play the video: "An Inside Look at a Stephen Series Leader's Training Course."
Each Stephen Series Leader's Training Course (LTC) is an engaging week of learning, discovery, skill building, worship, relationships, and catching a vision for all that Stephen Ministry can be for your congregation.
An LTC combines many different learning methods--presentation, video, large and small group discussion, Q&A, skill practice, and other activities--for an enjoyable and productive training experience.
At the LTC, Stephen Leaders learn how to--
Your congregation's Stephen Leaders will return from the LTC fully equipped to begin and direct Stephen Ministry in your congregation.
The LTC is for the key individuals from your congregation who will serve as your Stephen Leaders--the leaders who will coordinate Stephen Ministry in your congregation.
Stephen Leaders come from all walks of life. Many are pastors or church staff. Many more are laypeople--of all ages, professions, and backgrounds. Serving as a Stephen Leader is a way to use your leadership gifts and caregiving skills in a significant way.
No. The LTC is different from the 50 hours of Stephen Minister training in the congregation.
That said, many people who previously have been trained as Stephen Ministers in the congregation later go on to attend the LTC to become Stephen Leaders.
LTCs are for members of enrolled Stephen Series congregations or organizations.
The Rev. Kenneth Haugk, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Stephen Ministries, maintains an active writing and teaching schedule in addition to leading the organization that supports ministry in more than 11,000 congregations. A pastor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Haugk is author of many books, including Christian Caregiving--a Way of Life, Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, and Journeying through Grief.
The Rev. Dr. David Paap, Litt.D., program director, works closely with Dr. Haugk in leading the 40-person staff at Stephen Ministries. As an author, teacher, former parish pastor, and Army Reserve chaplain, Dr. Paap has experience in a wide range of ministry settings. He is one of the organizers of H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, which equips Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers to care for military service people and their families.
The Rev. William McKay, director of project development, leads the team that produced the Stephen Ministry training resources and the Caring Evangelism course. He is author of numerous books, including Nuts & Bolts Issues for Small Group Leaders and Me, an Evangelist?
Joel Keen, M.Div., a member of the pastoral staff, has been helping Stephen Ministries deliver high-quality training events for more than 15 years. In addition to directing Leader's Training Course operations, Joel writes and edits, oversees video production, and serves on the consultation team.
Janine Ushe, M.Div., a Stephen Ministries staff member since 2001, oversees Stephen Series enrollments and manages the operations, warehouse, and shipping teams. Janine also teaches at training courses and workshops and serves on the Stephen Ministry consultation team.
Amity Haugk represents the second generation of the Haugk family's passion for Christian caregiving. Amity came to Stephen Ministries in 2006 after managing restaurants at Walt Disney World. In addition to teaching at Leader's Training Courses and workshops, she consults with Stephen Leaders and is a key member of the marketing team.
David Bode coordinates technology at the Stephen Ministries Center, managing the information technology team and programming the website. He also serves in human resources and has been on the training course delivery team since 2001. David is a Stephen Leader and is the son of a Stephen Leader.