Stephen was the first deacon in the early church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the community's needs. Acts 6:3-6
Stephen Ministry equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers are committed Christians who express God's care for others through their lives.
- Receive 50 hours of initial training in caring ministry skills and concepts
- Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training
- Visit those in need regularly and dependably to offer Christian support and care
- Participate regularly in groups for support and supervision
- Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
- Serve for at least two years
- Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.
How does someone receive the help of a Stephen Minister?
If a person is in need of Christian care, their situation will be brought to the attention of either Rev. Melissa Head, Associate Pastor, either from the person directly, from a staff person or from a friend. The appropriate staff person will contact the person to talk about Stephen Ministry. With permission, a Stephen Minister is assigned to meet regularly with this person.
Once initial contact is made, Rev. Head will discuss this ministry with you. If you decide you would like to be assigned a Stephen Minister to assist you, one will be assigned to you and will contact you promptly. The Stephen Minister assigned to you will be of your gender and the two of you will decide the best schedule for your meeting together. This Stephen Minister will be there for you as long as needed.
There are times when each of us needs the care of another person to help us through a difficult phase in life. A Stephen Minister might help those who are experiencing:
- Terminal Illness
- Grief Over a Death or Serious Loss
- Being Homebound or Institutionalized
- A Job Crisis
- Challenges due to Aging
- Challenging Life Transitions
- Separation or Divorce
- Birth or Adoption of a Child
- Spiritual Crisis
For more information about Stephen Ministry, please contact Rev. Melissa Head, Associate Pastor, 893-2201 x263.