Stephen Ministry

WHO ARE STEPHEN MINISTERS?

Stephen Ministers are lay individuals from our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, job loss and many other life difficulties.  Stephen Ministers have completed 50 hours of training and have made a commitment to serve.  They listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support.  They aren’t psychologists, social workers, therapists or a new social contact.  Stephen Ministers are trustworthy, confidential caregivers.  God is the curegiver.

Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers for an hour each week.  Women are matched with a female Stephen Minister and men are matched with a male Stephen Ministers.  The individuals involved determine the length of time the relationship continues.  The time frame may be many months or it could be over a year, depending on the circumstances.

Stephen Ministers support each other and continue their training during twice-monthly peer supervision meetings to ensure the best possible caring relationships.

Please constact our pastors if you would like more information or if someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister.  Your inquiry will be confidential.

Please contact the pastors, the church office, or Cheryl Kopecky if you wish more information.