Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one ministry to someone who is hurting (e.g., Care Receiver). It is quiet, confidential, compassionate, and provides a listening witness to the caring presence of Christ and His community.
Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained and supervised to provide effective Christian Care. After an initial 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers are assigned a Care Receiver with whom they meet once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers also meet twice per month (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month) for supervision, support and continuing education. This is done in an environment of complete confidentiality. The names of Care Receivers are never mentioned. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to the program.
Motivation (Call to Action) for this Ministry: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God, For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.” II Corinthians 1:3-5
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
- Explore Feelings
- Share Christ’s love
- Maintain confidentiality
- Attend to the care giving process and leave the results to God
- Walk with people who are journeying to wholeness
- This is a ministry of Presence and Companionship
You Should Consider Becoming a Stephen Minister …
- Because you care for those who hurt – whatever the hurt may be.
- Because you know God cares for those who hurt.
- Because you see Stephen Ministry as a unique and effective way of bringing a faith perspective to situations which – for the moment or for a lifetime – are burdens to those who experience them.
- Because God calls us to be Jesus to others who are hurting.
- Because maybe you are a wounded healer whose own experience with adversity may help others who are hurting.
Contact Donna O’Hanlon for more information.