Care for fellow members one-on-one, confidentially, during times of transition such as death, job loss, and illness; requires 50 hours of training and a two-year service commitment. Training starts in January each year.
Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian education organization founded in 1975 that produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth. These resources cover topics such as caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth, and more.
Please contact Deborah Conner, if you are interested in having a Stephen Minister walk beside you. Stephen Ministers are available to listen and comfort.
Ministry from Afar
Stephen Ministry is, by nature, in-person care. When your care receiver is hurting, there is no substitute for being fully present with him or her—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Likewise, many other parts of a congregation’s ministry, such as coming together to worship, are also typically done in person. During this time of social distancing, though, being physically present with others isn’t possible…
“It’s Okay to Talk about Joan”
Sometimes people worry that mentioning the loss or even the name of the deceased will hurt the grieving person. Most of the time, though, the knowledge that their lost loved one is still in others’ hearts can actually be a great comfort.