There are times when each of us needs the care of another person. Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay persons to provide confidential, Christian, one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation, and in our community.
What is a Stephen Minister?
• A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting;
• A congregation member with gifts for care giving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role;
• A lay person who received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care;
• A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages;
• Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully and dependably on a regular basis for as long as there is a need;
What does a Stephen Minister do?
Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times. They are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when we are faced with one of life’s crises or difficulties, such as:
• Loss of a loved one
• Loneliness or discouragement
• Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
• Accident or accident recovery
• Chronic or terminal illness
• Unemployment or job crisis
• Divorce or separation
• Spiritual crises
Upon completion of the training program, our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastors to reach more people with Christian care than the pastors can reach by themselves. If you are interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister, please contact Karen Akin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501—227-0000.