What is Stephen Ministry?
- Christ caring for people through people (Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”)
- A complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one confidential Christian care to hurting people in and around our congregation for as long as they need it
- An addition to our other ministries (It does not replace any of them.)
What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is:
- a caregiver;
- a child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
- a Caring Christian friend who really listens;
- a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively confidential Christian care.
Who might need a Stephen Minister?
Anyone coping while going through difficult times (loss of a loved one, medical or family problems, divorce, etc.) but who needs someone to care, listen, and share God’s love with them on a one-to-one confidential basis.
How does someone request a Stephen Minister for themselves or for others?
The central value of Stephen Ministry is finding people who are hurting and providing them with one-on-one Christian care. Finding those people and matching them with the best available Stephen Minister is called “The Referrals Process.” Mark Smith, our Referrals Coordinator, explains that to make a referral, simply follow these three steps:
- If you know someone who you think might benefit from this ministry talk to them directly.
- Ask permission to give their name and number to Mark Smith.
- Contact Mark Smith ([email protected]) with that person’s name and number.
All of the information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. No one but Mark Smith will know whom, or if, someone is paired with a Stephen Minister.
For more information, please see the “How to Become a Stephen Minister” download.