Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministry has trained and empowered congregation members to be lay caregivers. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people going through tough times. All one must to do receive care from a Stephen Minister is to ask. Simply talk to a pastor or a Stephen Minister to get the ball rolling.
To be a caregiver, you must be over 21. Care receivers are taken on at any time but new Stephen Ministers are accepted at designated training time, usually every 18 – 24 months as needed.
Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education, this is a closed meeting in the church library.
Regularly pray at communion and participate in activities at church but the only thing hosted might be an Informational Meeting in preparation for a training session for new SM.
Testimonies from two former Stephen Ministry care receivers:
Having made a major transition in my life I found myself overwhelmed with the business of the world around me. I was introduced to a Stephen Minister only to quickly find that my reluctance was softened by the friendship and devotion he had shown me. Through my ups and many downs the ministry of simply caring earned my trust and a friend for life.