Stephen Ministry

stephen ministryWhat is Stephen Ministry?

We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry provides quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

Stephen Ministry Training

So what is the difference between a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Leader? Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training. They visit their assigned care receiver weekly and receive support in monthly supervision meetings.

Stephen Leaders have attended the week-long Stephen Leader training and become a part of the Leadership Team that plans and carries out awareness building in the congregation; recruitment of potential Stephen Ministers; training of Stephen Ministers; assessment of potential care receivers; matching care receivers and Stephen Ministers; supervising and offering continual education to Stephen Ministers; creating a vision and mission for Stephen Ministry in our church and seeing that it is carried out.

If you or someone you know is interested in having a Stephen Minister visit weekly as a spiritual companion or if you would like more information on how to become a Stephen Minister or Leader or to request a Stephen Minister, please contact Margaret Reiber (mjreiber@gmail.com)