Someone who will listen
There inevitably comes those times
in life when we need someone to listen without judgment, to speak with grace, and just to be with us.
Stephen Ministry Leader
|Stephen Ministry Leaders and Parish Nurse
|(L-R) Gwen Humphrey, Rose Moldenhauer (Parish Nurse), Dianne Nichols, Molly Hall
Christ Centered Caregiving
Jesus has given us a commandment to "love one
another as I have loved you" John 13:34
The apostle Paul urges Christians to "bear one another's burdens"
Stephen Ministry is designed to carry out these commands of our Lord. A Stephen Minister is called
to be a caregiver bringing love and care in the name of Jesus to someone who is going through a change in his/her life.
Why the name Stephen?
The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person
commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need, as recorded in Acts 6.
Can a Stephen Minister Help Me?
When we face changes in our lives, having someone to care, to listen, to share
God's love, to pray for and with us helps us get through the confusion, stress or loneliness.
Stephen Ministers are available
to those who are experiencing:
serious illness / hospitalization
grief over the loss of a loved one
job crisis / unemployment / new job
new to the area / community / church
Who is a Stephen Minister?
a child of God
a lay person
called to be a caregiver
a caring listener
one who shares God's love with another
one who prays for / with another
committed to the caring relationship
receives special training
A Stephen Minister is Not:
a counselor or therapist
an ordained minister
a problem solver
a casual visitor
How do I become involved in this Ministry?
call the Stephen Ministry at ext. 13
receive Stephen Series training;
a training program which prepares interested men
and women to become Stephen Ministers. The 50 hour training includes topics such as:
the art of listening
process vs. results
crisis theory / prevention
distinctively Christian caring
Following training, the Stephen Minister is
commissioned by our congregation into active, caring ministry and will continue to receive on-going education and supervision.