Care Ministry2023-01-24T11:56:03-06:00


Are you divorced? Separated? You don’t have to go through it alone. Timothy has a support group that features non-denominational Biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. The DVD based program also allows time for topic discussion and sharing. Participants may join the group, which meets Mondays at 6:30pm, at any session. Cost of $20 per person includes the workbook; scholarships are available.

New session begins Monday, February 6th 6:30 – 8:00 PM.


If you have lost a loved one, GriefShare will help you understand the journey you are on and accompany you along the way. This non-denominational group features Biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics with input from professional counselors as well as people who have successfully navigated the grief journey. Participants may join the group at any session. Cost of $20 per person includes the workbook; scholarships are available.

New session begins Thursday, March, 2nd 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry plants the seed of hope and healing in a person whose life has been touched by a crisis or tragedy. You may request a Stephen Minister whenever you are experiencing a loss of any kind. Here are just a few examples of when you might want to have a Stephen Minister:

  • Death of a loved one

  • Divorce

  • Loss of job

  • New in area with no family or friends

  • Chronic illness

  • Serious illness or hospitalization

  • Struggling with an addiction

Stephen Ministers are assigned one-to-one, male to male and female to female, in a confidential caring relationship. You may request a Stephen Minister through one of the pastors or through our Care Coordinator, Sandy Gregory, at 816.228.5300.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential and a supervised ministry. Stephen Ministers are not counselors: they are trained Christian caregivers.


Provides spiritual support for those coping with cancer—and for their loved ones. Printed resources to be used at home are available through the Care Ministry office, in addition to the support of a Stephen Minister. Timothy also offers support through our Cancer Prayer Services. Check our website for the next scheduled service. For more information, call Care Ministry, 816.228.5300, ext. 8042.

Congregational Ministry

Congregational Care Ministers (CCM) are committed Christians who serve Timothy’s congregation. Trained in our 8-hour Care 201 class, CCMs provide care in a variety of ways, including making caring phone calls and/or visits, sending cards to those listed in our prayer concerns, performing a variety of office tasks that support Care Ministry, as well as volunteering for one-time events, such as our annual blood drive and Live Well Community Fair. Through the training, CCMs identify the areas where their spiritual gifts are the best match and also decide the time commitment they are able to make. This is a great area to serve!

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Hillcrest Ministries

Hillcrest Ministries provides rent-free and utility-free housing to qualified applicants in a fully furnished apartment, in addition to other services, including budget counseling and how to shop and prepare healthy meals. Timothy sponsors an apartment at the Lee’s Summit location and also encourages members to volunteer at the Hillcrest Thrift Store in Lee’s Summit. Our Hillcrest Team is made of a number of smaller groups of volunteers who choose an area to help with: cleaning our apartment when a resident moves out, maintaining furnishings, replacing missing or broken household items, shopping for kitchen essentials and providing a first-night welcome meal for our new resident. Another group plans a graduation party for our apartment residents. Team captains also head up Timothy’s support of the annual Hillcrest Gala, a fundraiser held at Arrowhead Stadium (when social distancing is not required).

We encourage all to volunteer at the Hillcrest Thrift Store located at 936 SE 3rd Street.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Ministry is vital to the spiritual journey of discovering God’s plan for our lives and for our church. By joining together through emailed prayers, our Prayer Chain holds up requests, thanksgivings and praise to God submitted by our members for individuals and concerns both inside the church and in the community, nation and world. Please join our Prayer Chain by contacting the church office (816) 228-5300.

Friendship Club

Friendship Club provides monthly opportunities for those with disabilities to meet in a safe, Christian atmosphere. Activities include exploring the arts, taking fun field trips and reinforcing life skills and community service. The Club meets on the 4th Friday at 5pm for a great time of creative activity, great food and encouraging fellowship. Contact the Care Ministry office at (816) 228-5300 for more information.

Care Ministry Calendar of Events

Care Ministry

About Timothy Lutheran Care Ministries



Care is provided through our support groups, Congregational Care Ministers, Stephen Ministers and care events and services. Learn more about the care available to you by contacting Sandy Gregory, Care Coordinator, at (816) 228-5300, ext. 8042, or SandyG@timothylutheran.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Stephen Minister and when is it appropriate to request one?2017-08-17T10:13:21-05:00

Stephen Ministers are trained to show God’s mercy, care and compassion to another who is hurting. They walk beside their care receiver, pray for them and listen to their concerns. You may request a Stephen Minister whenever you are experiencing a life crisis or loss of any kind, whether through death, change in employment, or relationships. Stephen Ministers are assigned one-to-one, male to male and female to female, in a confidential caring relationship. You may request a Stephen Minister through one of the pastors or through the care ministry office.

How can I inform the church that I need any of these services?2017-08-17T10:12:28-05:00

You can call the church office, (816) 228-5300, and ask for the pastor on call or Care Minister. If you prefer to speak to a specific person, you can ask for them. If an emergency occurs after office hours, you may still call the church number and you will be directed to leave a message that will be relayed to the ministry staff person on call, who will call you as soon as they receive the message.

What Care services are available to me?2017-08-17T10:11:45-05:00

A number of care services are available, ranging from spiritual guidance and prayer support to special assistance needed as the result of an emergency or health concern. Our Helping Hands Ministry provides assistance with home maintenance or repairs, while our Transportation Ministry provides transportation to those who are not able to drive or obtain a ride to worship services, medical appointments or the grocery store. Financial assistance is also available to those experiencing a financial crisis or emergency.

Who will visit me in the hospital?2019-11-07T11:43:16-06:00

One of the pastors will visit initially. If you are hospitalized for an extended time, you may receive a visit or call from the Care Minister or a Congregational Care Minister.

How would I report an upcoming hospitalization?2017-08-17T10:13:54-05:00

Please call the church office, (816) 228-5300, and provide the information to the person who answers the phone.

What is care ministry and who on staff is involved with care ministry?2019-11-07T11:41:44-06:00

Care ministry refers to the care provided by the pastors and the Care Minister, Nancy Nowiszewski, to our members in times of emergency, health care concerns and spiritual crisis. Care ministry also gives every member the opportunity to “Touch Lives for Christ” through individual efforts as well as participation in care ministry opportunities offered through the church. Those involved with the Care Ministry include:

Pastor John Otte, Associate Pastor
Pastor Rod Lindemann, Associate Pastor
Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister


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