Stephen MinistersThere are times when each of us needs the care of another person...a Christian friend...a Stephen Minister.
What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
- Explore feelings
- Share Christ’s love
- Maintain confidentiality
- Attend to the care-giving process and leave the results to God
- Meeting the needs of people
What Types of Challenges Can They Help With?
- Terminally ill and their families
- Moving into or out of our community
- Grieving a death or serious loss
- Homebound and institutionalized
- Prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
- Job crisis
- Aging and elderly
- Disabled (and their families)
- Needing the support of a Christian friend
- Facing life transitions
- Separated or divorced
- Experiencing birth or adoption
- Spiritual crisis
How do I Request A Stephen Minister?
You don’t have to go through a difficulty in life alone. A Stephen Minister will come alongside you to support you, pray for you, and listen to you. Stephen Ministers consider it a great privilege and blessing to be able to give this kind of care to people. It is truly a reciprocal relationship.
If you think you may benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister as you face a life challenge, transition or crisis, please contact the church office at 343-1484 and we will do our best to match you with a Stephen Minister.
How Do I Become A Stephen Minister?
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, we encourage you to contact the church office at 343-1484 and let us know your interest. There is an application process along with an interview that will introduce you to the program and allow an opportunity to learn more about you. Going through the interview process assists the coordinator and the applicant to determine if the training is the right decision for the applicant. (Read the 2016/2017 Application Process)