February 4, 2012February 4, 2012

Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing serious grief from many different forms of life difficulties.
The pastors and lay leaders who lead the Stephen Ministry in their congregation attend a one-week Leader’s Training Course (LTC), where they are trained as Stephen Leaders and learn how to begin and direct Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Leaders then match each Stephen Minister to a person in need of care. Each Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver for about an hour a week to provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care and support.
Stephen Ministers care for people inside and outside the congregation, including those experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, terminal illness, job loss, loneliness, disability, spiritual crisis, hospitalization, relocation and other life difficulties. Men are matched with men, women with women. Caring relationships last for as long as the person needs this level of care.
Care receiver benefits from the Stephen Ministry
• Receives quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
• Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
• Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
• Receives ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of crisis, when many others have forgotten about them
• Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister & the entire congregation . . . which in turn discovers that many members want to be involved in this meaningful ministry and will respond to the call to become a Stephen Minister or Stephen Leader.
The Congregation becomes a more loving community that
• is sensitive and responsive to people’s needs for care
• is able to provide more quality Christian care so that fewer people slip through the cracks
• is able to reach out to nonmembers who are hurting so they can experience the love of Jesus
• Sees itself not as only being served by the pastor but as a caring body of believers actively involved in serving one another in love.

Read Here the Personal Reflections of two Stephen Ministers in our Congregation.