Missions, Small Groups, & Stephen Ministry
In the Book of Acts chapter 2, Christians are told to use our resources, talents, and time in serving others (missions) as well as members of our church congregation (ministries). Our members are encouraged to participate in missions that serve our local community. Our missions support the primary mission of the church-redemption of the world. We are using our resources, talents, and time to support the following missions:
Mount Hope Prison Ministry
Salvation Army Stocking Program
Habitat for Humanity
Praise Group at Ravenwood
Christian Music Night
Trunk or Treat
Financial Support for Missions
- Lutheran Special Education Ministries
- Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic
- Reach of Washington County
- Orphan Grain Train Maryland Division
- Cristo Senor De La Vida
- Fisher House
- Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf
- Support for Seminary Students
- Support for 2 Missionary Families
- Military Bible Sticks
- Lutheran Bible Translators
Activities in Support of Missions
- Greenery Workshop
- Christmas Bazaar
- Mission Stitchers
- Sewing Ministry
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Puerto Rico Mission Team "Roofing Project"
- Concordia Mission Stitchers "Sending Clothing and Blankets around the world"
Small groups are members coming together around some common mission, ministry, or fun activity. The purpose is to build community or to allow individuals to connect with each other around a common interest. Although our Bible studies certainly qualify as “small groups,” they are not included in the list below. Some of the current small groups at Concordia are listed below:
Praise GroupConcordia Wild WingersMission StitchersYouth Minstry and ServiceLutheran Women's Missionary Society
To bear one another’s burdens is the supreme imitation of Jesus. In Galatians 6:2 it states: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The Stephen Ministry is a ministry to help people who are hurting. A person may be hurting because of the loss of a loved one or a loved one having cancer. Stephen ministers learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through a difficult time in life.
This ministry is built around three groups of people:
- The Stephen Leaders establish and direct the ministry. They build awareness, recruit and train Stephen Ministers, match care receivers with Stephen Ministers, and supervise and provide continuing education.
- The Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through difficult times. They generally work with only one client at a time. The relationship between the care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men and women with women.
- The Care Receivers are people receiving care from the Stephen Ministers. Care receivers can be congregation members or others in the community. There is no cost for care receivers.
First Class of Stephen Ministers
While the Stephen Ministry is relatively new at Concordia, it has proven to be a powerful way to help those who are hurting. This ministry has shown to be a blessing to the care givers as well as the care receivers.