What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry care-givers provide one-to-one Christian support to people dealing with complex and sometimes overwhelming issues of life transitions and situations. A Stephen Minister typically works with a care receiver for many months through weekly sessions that provide Christian care to the person as they deal with the concerns they're facing.
Here's a quote from the Stephen Ministry webpage that describes the benefits of Stephen Ministry:
"In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it."
How are Stephen Ministers Selected and Trained?
Candidates to be Stephen Ministers are selected and trained by the Pastor or Certified Stephen Ministry Trainer. More than 500,000 Stephen Ministers have been trained in over 10,000 congregations since the program began in 1975. Training consists of over 50 hours of class time, along with a great deal of outside reading, study and prayer.
Our first Stephen Ministry training was completed in late 2010. You may contact the church office it inquire about having a Stephen Minister assigned to you.
Links to More Information
In April, 2010, PBS did a feature piece on Stephen Ministry on their Religion and Ethics segment. You may see segments of that piece by clicking on the link below. The first of the segments has a nice video about Stephen Ministry that you might like to watch.
You may also go to the Stephen Ministry website by clicking on their logo at the top of this page.