Stephen Ministry


Stephen Ministry Mission Statement

To Know Jesus and each other through a one-on-one lay ministry to bear one another’s burdens; To Grow to be like Him as a refuge for the hurting; And to Sow His love in word and deed by confidential, Christian caregiving.

Stephen Ministry Vision Statement

Each person will be equipped to joyfully and boldly provide help, hope, and healing care by listening, caring, praying, supporting, and encouraging those who are in heed and hurting.

Stephen Ministry Core Values

We value high-quality, distinctively Christian lay ministry. We demonstrate this value by equipping people through Stephen Ministry.

We value people and want them to experience the love of Christ, especially when they are hurting, troubled, or in need. We demonstrate this value by ministering to people through Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Ministry Training

The structure of Stephen Ministry involves 50 hours of classroom learning prior to commissioning. This is followed by 2.5 hours of continuing education and peer supervision twice monthly thereafter. The initial 50 hours of training covers the first 18 modules listed below. The remaining 7 modules are covered in the continuing education/peer supervision meetings that happen twice monthly thereafter. Stephen Ministers are asked to commit to 2 years of participation when they volunteer to participate in this ministry, then asked annually to recommit.

Training Modules

  1. The Person of the Caregiver
  2. Feelings:  Yours, Mine, and Ours
  3. The Art of Listening
  4. Distinctively Christian Caring
  5. Process versus Results in Caregiving
  6. Assertiveness:  Relating Gently and Firmly
  7. Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving
  8. Crisis Theory and Practice:  Danger versus Opportunity
  9. Confidentiality
  10. Telecare:  The Next Best Thing to Being There
  11. Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources
  12. Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
  13. Dealing with Depression:  The Stephen Minister’s Role
  14. Helping Suicidal Persons Get the Help They Need
  15. Bring the Caring Relationship to a Close
  16. Supervision:  A Key to Quality Christian Care
  17. How to Make a First Caring Visit
  18. Follow Me
  19. Ministry to the Dying and Their Family and Friends
  20. Caring for People before, during, and after Hospitalization
  21. Ministering to Those Experiencing Losses Related to Aging
  22. Ministering to Persons Needing Long-Term Care
  23. Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce
  24. Crises of Pregnancy and Childbirth
  25. Providing Spiritual Care
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