How can Stephen Ministry help you?
When you experience a phase of grief you may want someone to walk alongside. Grief can have all sorts of reasons such as divorce, death of a loved one, a bad medical diagnosis or a job loss.
You do not have to be a congregation member and this ministry is even open to people from other congregations and to the un-churched in our community. What is required though is an openness to the love of Jesus because that is what Stephen Ministry centers around.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of caring and listening using Jesus as the cure giver. It’s a ministry of love. In more detail, within the ministry there are 2 specific roles:
The first role is that of a Stephen Minister. A Stephen Minister is…
· A child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
· A caring Christian who really listens;
· A member of our congregation who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care;
· A person who is ready to focus on your needs;
· A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say-and even your identity-confidential; and
· Someone who will faithfully meet with you on a weekly basis for as long as your need persists.
The second role within this ministry is a care receiver. All of you can become care receivers at some point. What can a Stephen Minster do for you? They provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care for you when you are:
· Grieving the death of a loved one
· Hospitalized or recovering for hospitalization
· Lonely or discouraged
· Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness
· Unemployed or in a job crisis
· Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
· Moving or relocating
· New to the congregation or the community
· Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child
· Confined to the house or institutionalized
· Transitioning into retirement
· Dealing with the crisis of aging
· Facing a life transition
· Experiencing a spiritual crisis
· Victim of a disaster or accident
And for people facing countless other crises or life challenges or who are going through a difficult time and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend.