A Stephen Minister is an individual with the gifts of caring, compassion, and good listening skills. The Stephen Ministry provides confidential ministry to another person who is going through a difficult time.
In order to become a Stephen Minister, the candidate must complete an application (found below), attend 50 hours of training, be active in the congregational worship life, and continue to grow in discipleship.
The Stephen Minister is one who listens, cares, supports and encourages another. The time commitment for visits is about one hour per week for as long as the need is determined. Ongoing peer support for Stephen Ministers is also scheduled for twice a month.
Stephen Ministers care for those who are dealing with crises or difficulty such as: hospitalization, loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual crisis, unemployment or job crises, a terminal illness, incarceration, aging, birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility, a chronic illness, relocation, recovery after an accident or disaster, and many more.
Applications for becoming a Stephen Minister can be completed and returned to Pastor Pam’s mailbox in the church office.