What Is Stephen Ministry?
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is committed to embody Christ's love by providing a one-to-one caring ministry to persons in need (eg. in times of loneliness, being a new parent, illness, hospitalization, grief or other crisis situations). Lay caregivers --called Stephen Ministers—provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women.
Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefited from the one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister.
Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry. No one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together.
Stephen Minister training is an engaging, energizing experience that includes a mixture of lecture, video, group discussion, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities.
“The Best 50 Hours of Training You'll Ever Experience!”
Here’s why Stephen Ministers frequently say that about their training:
- Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.
- You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.
- You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.
- You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.
- You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.
- Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!
In order to have a class this fall, we need people! We need you!
Visit the Stephen's Ministry website: http://www.stephenministries.org/
Contact Steve Dalke (816-519-7038), or Rosalyn Douglass (913-685-8107) for more information.