Stephen Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY IS:

    a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide
    distinctively Christian one-on-one care to those who are experiencing
    all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and
    in our community.
 

STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE COMMITTED PEOPLE WHO:

    express God's care through their lives to others;
    receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills
        and concepts;
    commissioned Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training;
    visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian
        support and care;
    participate in regular support and supervision;
    are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the relationship;
    serve at least two years;
    receive continuing education and skill building throughout their service.
 

MEET THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE:

    There are times when each of us needs the care of another person,

        a Christian friend, a STEPHEN MINISTER.  These needs

        include but are not limited to...
            the hospitalized;
            the terminally ill and their families;
            those grieving a death or a serious loss;
            those homebound;
            those with a job or career crisis;
            those needing support of a Christian friend;
            those facing life transitions;
            those separated or divorced;
            those in spiritual crisis.