Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator Peggy Williams facilitated Module #17: How to Make a First Caring Visit. Module #18: Follow Me, facilitated by Training Coordinator Cheryl Sjoquist, was a time for review and inspiration as we Stephen Minister trainees prepare for commissioning.
On Friday night, Stephen Ministry Training Coordinator Cheryl Sjoquist served as the facilitator for Module #11: Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources. Stephen Leader John Jarrard served as the facilitator for the second session on Saturday, Module #13: Dealing with Depression.
On Thursday, March 7, Stephen Leader Training Coordinator Cheryl Sjoquist facilitated Modules #7 and #8. The importance of maintaining boundaries is emphasized to protect Stephen Ministers from manipulation and to guard us against our own controlling impulses. Stephen Leader Ruth Ducharme led an inspirational session on Spiritual Growth at the Stephen Ministry training class on Thursday, March 14.
A big part of Stephen Minister’s caregiving is concerned with helping care receivers recognize, accept and express their feelings so they will trust God to give them healing and wholeness. We discussed the importance of feelings in Module #2, Feelings: Yours, Mine and Ours.
John Jarrard, Ruth Ducharme, and Kam Cook have returned from Orlando where they experienced an informative and inspirational week learning how to serve Highland Hills as Stephen Leaders. Though the week was intensive, we returned renewed and refreshed, ready to start training our first class of Stephen Ministers today (Thursday).