The Stephen Ministry Leadership Team trains Stephen Ministers in an eight-week course on providing distinctively Christian care. Once Stephen Ministers are trained and commissioned they will be available for matching them with a care receiver who is experiencing a difficult challenge in their life.
The two will meet once a week or every other week for as long as the caring relationship is needed. Any person desiring a Stephen Minister can contact one of our pastors. Friends may invite a person to experience the gift of having a Stephen Minister walk with them during their difficult season.
All caring relationships are strictly confidential and for the sole purpose of providing support and encouragement to the care receiver. We also are enlisting the support of prayer warriors to commit to praying for the ministry, the leaders and the Stephen Ministers.
“Bear on another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:2
For me [Stephen Ministry] is the healing of the world with high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. It provides an opportunity where I can help someone heal and develop their relationship in Christ. There is so much hurt in the world and this small step with my care receiver is my chance to make a difference.
One hour, 60 minutes, can fly by when I concentrate on listening to my Care Receiver and to the Holy Spirit. I see how prayer can calm and bring clarity of thoughts. With the three different people I was assigned to, I saw them proceed to a new job, added professional help, and relationship examination.
What I didn’t realize before I started was that the excellent training I received was training for life, not just to be a Stephen Minister! There were many truths and procedures that I wish I had learned in high school or college!!