What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care for individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Who are Stephen Leaders?
Stephen Leaders (may be lay leaders, pastors and/or church staff) receive 50 hours of training at a week-long Stephen Ministry Leaders Training Course (LTC).
Build & sustain the Stephen Leadership team
Communicate with the congregation & congregational leaders to promote awareness and build ownership in Stephen Ministry
Recruit, select & train Stephen Ministers
Utilize the Stephen System to identify people in need of care &, when appropriate, connect them with Stephen Ministers
Support & supervise Stephen Ministers
Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of in-house training to provide confidential, one-on-one care to individuals who are hurting.
A Stephen Minister:
Is a congregation member who has the gift of caregiving
Is carefully selected and trained to provide emotional and spiritual care for those experiencing life’s difficulties
Is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting, but does not try to “fix” the problem
Is a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages his/her care receiver
Is “there” for his/her care receivers, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week for as long as there is a need Meets for monthly supervision