Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one ministry to someone who is hurting (e.g., Care Receiver). It is quiet, confidential, compassionate, and provides a listening witness to the caring presence of Christ and His community.
Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained and supervised to provide effective Christian Care. After an initial 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers are assigned a Care Receiver with whom they meet once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers also meet twice per month (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month) for supervision, support and continuing education. This is done in an environment of complete confidentiality. The names of Care Receivers are never mentioned. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to the program.
Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors, clinical therapists, experts in law, finance, or church doctrine. Stephen Ministers do not “fix” their care receivers nor are they problem solvers. Stephen Ministers are the Care Givers and God is the Cure Giver.
Who Should Be Referred?
People who are lonely.
People who are hospitalized.
People who are struggling with parenting.
People who are grieving the liss of a loved one.
People who are separated or in the process of divorce.
People who are terminally ill and their families.
People who are experiencing loss of job or financial setbacks.
People who are experiencing crisis situations.
People and families of those facing legal difficulties.
People who are struggling with their faith.
People who are separated from their family.
People who are recovering substance abusers.
People with "personal" relationship issues.
People who are experiencing hurt from abuse.
People adjusting to life changing situations; retirement, stay-at-home mom, promotion, new parent, empty nester, graduating from college, etc.
People who need someone to come along side of them during an especially difficult time - a caring soul who can help them process their feelings, their fears, their anger, their lack of faith, and yet provide hope.
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
- Explore Feelings
- Share Christ's love
- Maintain confidentiality
- Give care and leave the results to God
- Walk with people who are journeying to wholeness
You Should Consider Becoming a Stephen Minister ...
Because you care for those who hurt - whatever the hurt may be.
Because you know God cares for those who hurt.
Because you see Stephen Ministry as a unique and effective way of bringing a faith perspective to situations which - for the moment or for a lifetime - are burdens to those who experience them.
Because God calls us to be Jesus to others who are hurting.
Because maybe you are a wounded healer whose own experience with adversity may help others who are hurting.