Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality is a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
The Mission of the Stephen Ministry is to provide one on one Christian care to church and community persons experiencing transitions or changes in their lives, short or long term. These include such things as job changes, separations family issues, etc. A ministry added at Rev. Young’s suggestion has been the provision of Stephen Ministers or Leaders to receive private prayer requests at the end of each worship service.
The Stephen Ministry supports its mission by recruiting persons who have the gifts that Stephen Ministry recommends and then provides them with 50 hours of training in basic care giving skills. The Stephen Leaders provide the training at our church and with other Stephen Minister congregations. Upon completing their training, Stephen Ministers are commissioned to active service, but also continue to receive support and keep their skills updated through meeting together in Supervision sessions twice a month and attending Continuing Education programs sponsored by the Stephen Ministry Leaders. The Stephen Leaders also meet with the deacons and provide some training in care giving and in recognizing when a Stephen Minister is needed. The congregation, along with the deacons and the pastors, support this ministry by identifying persons who may need Stephen Ministers. A Stephen Leader will follow-up on all suggestions for persons who might need a Stephen Minister. The congregation also provides financial support for the training resources for Stephen Ministers, the training costs and travel necessary for new Stephen Leaders.
If you have need of a Stephen Minister or are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Mike Malachowski.