Stephen MinistryStephen Ministry is a nationwide program that offers a complete system for training lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to people hurting or experiencing transition in and around our congregation.
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, disillusionment.
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality is a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 11,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers. We are proud to be a one of the many congregations that offer this very important ministry to our membership.To learn more about becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Susie Schmidt or Alane Osborne for more information. The next training session begins in January, 2015.
Care Receivers are congregation members who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life, perhaps experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
Men are matched with men; women with women.
When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.